Competition law – Does the Crisis Justify Different Rules?

19 Nov 2013 18:00
19 Nov 2013 20:00

To what extent does an economic and political crisis justify a more lenient approach towards competition restricting measures by ailing companies? Should competition law even be seen as an extension of industrial policy? It is hardly surprising that there is pressure to grant more flexibility in the field of state aid. In other fields of competition law, non-economic values may also be gaining in weight. Would such developments be the right way out of the crisis – and what happens to these rules of economic law once the crisis over?

For this lecture we have assembled the following panel:

  • Prof. Dr. Ben Smulders, Principal Legal Adviser, Legal Service of the European Commission
  • Prof. Dr. Nicolas Petit, University of Liège & Director of the Global Competition Law Center, College of Europe
  • Prof. Dr. Harri Kalimo, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for European Studies (Chair)

This is the sixth session of a series of lectures on "EU Economic law in a Time of Crisis" organised by the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Read more about the lecture series!

Registration & Venue

All lectures are conducted in English. Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Register online!

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