Shaping a European common law of competition – the Portuguese perspective

27 May 2015 09:00
27 May 2015 11:00

The Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) kindly invites you to a lecture by President of the Portuguese Competition Authority António Ferreira Gomes on “Shaping a European common law of competition – the Portuguese perspective” on 27 May 2015, 09:00-11:00. This is the third session of the Policy Forum on “National Competition Law & Authorities”.

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”.


  • Assimakis Komninos, White & Case LLP; IES - VUB, Welcome
  • António Ferreira Gomes, Portuguese Competition Authority
  • Marta Ottanelli, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Registration and Venue

The policy forum starts at 09:00 with a beakfast reception and will end at approximately 11:00. A breakfast will be provided between 09:00 and 11:00. Participation is free of charge and open to all but due to space limitations, registration is mandatory. To register please fill in our online registration form.

Karel Van Miert Building
Conference Room Lisbon
Pleinlaan 5
1050 Brussels


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