The interface between EU competition law and regulation: challenges and new developments

13 Oct 2016 12:00
13 Oct 2016 14:15





The relationship between market regulation and EU competition law can be described as complementary. They use different mechanisms and tools, yet they pursue similar objectives. In certain sectors, such as telecommunications or energy, the EU legislation requires cooperation between competition and regulatory agencies. This, however, occurs almost exclusively at the national level. Recent experiences in the context of both antitrust and the merger control (for example the Euribor and Libor investigations, and mergers in the telecom sector) have shown the need to increase interactions. How should the relationship between the two supervisory bodies evolve to ensure legal certainty and the proper functioning of the market? The Policy Forum aims to address substantive and procedural developments as well as contentious aspects that surface in the context of this interrelationship.


12:00 - 12:30  Lunch
12:30 - 12:35  Welcome (LLM Klaudia Majcher, LLM Marta Ottanelli & Jean Monnet Chair Harri Kalimo)
12:35 - 12:55  Mr. E.Martinez-Rivero (Head of the Antitrust Telecoms Unit, DG Competition)
12:55 - 13:15  Prof.Dr. J.Steenbergen (President, Belgian Competition Authority)
13:15 - 13:35  Mr. S.McInnes (Partner, Bird&Bird)
13:35 - 13:55  Comments by Dr. A.Komninos (Partner, White&Case)
13:55 - 14:15  Q&A Session

Registration and Venue

The policy forum will be held on 13 October 2016 and it will start at 12:00 and will end at approximately 14:15. A sandwich lunch will be provided between 12:00h and 12:30. Participation is free of charge and open to all but due to space limitations, registration is mandatory. To register for the policy forum, please fill in the online registration form.

If you have registered and cannot attend please send us an email at

iMinds-SMIT, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 9 - 2nd floor, room WEBER & MEAD
1050 Brussels

Contact and Coordination

Klaudia Majcher
PhD Researcher European Economic Governance
Institute for European Studies

Marta Ottanelli
Visiting Researcher
Institute for European Studies

Harri Kalimo
Jean Monnet Chair

Anamaria Bacsin (Logistics)
IES Events
+32 2 614 80 40
Institute for European Studies


“This Policy Forum is (co-)organized under the auspices of the EACEA Jean Monnet Chair of Professor Kalimo (rECOncile, Grant nr. 575718-EPP- 1- 2016- 1-BE-EPPJMO-CHAIR)”.