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National Competition Law & Authorities: A common law of competition - a Belgian perspective

Wednesday, 24 September, 2014 - 12:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Karel Van Miert Building (IES)
Conference Room Rome (floor -1)
Institute for European Studies
Pleinlaan 5
Policy Forum

The Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) organises a lecture by the President of the Belgian Competition Authority, Professor Jacques Steenbergen, on “A common law of competition - a Belgian perspective”. The lecture will take place on 24 September 2014, 12:00-14:00. This is the second session of the Policy Forum series on “National Competition Law & Authorities”. You are kindly invited. 

The shaping of a European competition law
The decentralisation of competition law enforcement in Europe has transformed national competition law and national competition authorities. At the same time, it has given the European Commission an institutionally complex position, making it essentially the head of a network of authorities. In this sense, decentralisation brought with itself many elements of centralisation. The Court of Justice then built on that process to further centralise competition enforcement in a series of rulings, which strengthen the role of national competition authorities, but at the same time tie them more to the EU standard. This is a two-way process, and the national level has always directly or indirectly influenced the EU level. In short, we are currently living the shaping of a “European competition common law”.

The National Competition Law & Authorities Policy Forums will explore the shaping of the European Competition Common Law through a series of lunch time sessions organized around presentations by heads of national competition law authorities, as well as by other local players. Especially issues such as the cooperation between the NCAs in sharing knowledge and leads, as well as the specificities of smaller economies in terms of the de minimis Notice and geographic market definitions and the treatment of SMEs, have been part of the discussions in Belgium. Prof. Steenbergen will also discuss the development of rules and guidelines in the EU, OECD and the ECN. Do join the discussion on these and other topical issues.

  • Assimakis Komninos, White & Case LLP; IES - VUB, Welcome
  • Jacques Steenbergen, Belgian Competition Authority, A common law of competition - a Belgian perspective
  • Ben Van Rompuy, IES - VUB, Discussant