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GCR to host second state aid conference

21 July 2017

Gert Jan Koopman, the European Commission's deputy director-general for state aid, will deliver the keynote address at GCR Live 2nd Annual State Aid in Brussels on 26 September.

Banking will remain a priority, says DG Comp state aid chief

Banking will remain a priority, says DG Comp state aid chief

26 September 2017

Gert Jan Koopman has said state aid control will not take a backseat in the banking sector, despite predicting last year that it would no longer be an enforcement priority.

Chairs

Nicole Robins

Oxera, Brussels

Nicole leads Oxera’s State Aid team. She advises clients on a diverse range of state aid matters across a number of sectors, including transport, financial services, health, communications, energy, real estate and sports infrastructure.

Yelena Trifounovitch

Bredin Prat, Paris

Yelena Trifounovitch has significant experience in French and European competition law (cartels, abuse of dominant position, merger control, State aid) with an advisory and litigation practice before French and European Competition authorities and courts.

Keynote Speaker

Gert Jan Koopman

Deputy Director-General State Aid, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

Gert Jan Koopman is in charge of State Aid control at the Directorate General for Competition. He launched a major overhaul of State Aid Policy through the State Aid Modernisation (SAM) programme which has led to a streamlining of State Aid control, provided greater possibilities for Member States to implement state aid measures without prior authorisation by the Commission and put significant emphasis on transparency and evaluation.

Speakers

Barbara Brandtner

Head of Unit, State Aid Strategy, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

Jaap de Keijzer

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Brussels and Frankfurt

Jacques Derenne

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton; Professor, University of Liège and Brussels School of Competition, Brussels

Viktor Kreuschitz

Judge, General Court, Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg City

Massimo Merola

BonelliErede, Brussels

Ulrich Soltész

Gleiss Lutz, Brussels

Kai Struckmann

White & Case, Brussels

James Webber

Shearman & Sterling, London

Programme

8.45: Welcome coffee and registration

9.15: Chairs' opening remarks

Nicole Robins, Oxera, Brussels
Yelena Trifounovitch, Bredin Prat, Paris

9.30: Keynote address

Gert Jan Koopman, Deputy Director-General State Aid, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

10.15: State aid in the energy sector

  • The sector inquiry into national capacity mechanisms: where are we now?
  • Do recent decisions approving aid in the nuclear sector mark the start of a new approach?
  • What has been the impact of the 2014 Energy and Environmental Aid Guidelines so far?

Moderator:
Nicole Robins, Oxera, Brussels

Panel:
Jaap de Keijzer, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Brussels and Frankfurt
Jacques Derenne, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton; Professor, University of Liège and Brussels School of Competition, Brussels
Ulrich Soltész, Gleiss Lutz, Brussels
Kai Struckmann, White & Case, Brussels

11.45: Coffee break

12.15: Monitoring, enforcement - and recovery

  • How is the enforcement of state aid rules changing? What is the impact of decentralisation?
  • How are ex-post evaluations working? What are the pitfalls?
  • What is the current state of aid recovery? Are national courts playing their part?

Moderator:
Yelena Trifounovitch, Bredin Prat, Paris

Panel:
Barbara Brandtner, Head of Unit, State Aid Strategy, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels
Viktor Kreuschitz, Judge, General Court, Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg City
Massimo Merola, BonelliErede, Brussels
James Webber, Shearman & Sterling, London

13.45: Chairs' closing remarks

Nicole Robins, Oxera, Brussels
Yelena Trifounovitch, Bredin Prat, Paris

14.00: Close of conference

Venue

Rue de Loxum 25, Brussels, 1000, Belgium

Ticket Prices

Private Practitioner
Type Price Until
Super Early €400  18 August 2017
Early €500 15 September 2017
Standard €600 26 September 2017

 

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