We must raise awareness of damages actions, state aid official says

20 September 2018

A European Commission official has admitted the incentives for damages actions in state aid are “a bit of an issue” and encouraging such actions remains a challenge for the commission.

State aid official: we need right toolkit to define selectivity principle

12 October 2018

The European Court of Justice’s recent Heitkamp Bauholding ruling shows the importance the courts attach to the selectivity principle in state aid – but the European Commission lacks “the right toolkit” to define the correct reference system in such cases, a commission official has said.

EU has made private enforcement in state aid less attractive, says lawyer

11 October 2018

The European Commission and EU courts have made state aid private enforcement “less appealing and less attractive” by ignoring national court judgments, a state aid lawyer has said.


Edurne Navarro

Uría Menéndez, Madrid and Brussels

Edurne Navarro is the partner in charge of the Brussels office of Uría Menéndez. She joined the firm in 1992 and became a partner in 2002. Her practice focuses on EU and Spanish competition law (principally merger control, state aids and cartels), as well as trade law (mainly antidumping and rules of origin). She acts for Spanish, European, North American and Asian undertakings in sectors such as telecommunications, energy, transport, pharmaceuticals, defence and banking.

Nicole Robins

Oxera, Brussels

Nicole heads Oxera’s State Aid team. Nicole leads Oxera’s advice to clients on a diverse range of state aid matters across sectors including transport, financial services, health, telecoms and communications, energy, real estate and sports infrastructure. Her advice covers a broad range of economic and financial issues in state aid cases relating to assessments of the market economy operator principle (MEOP), the application of state aid rules for services of general economic interest (SGEI), and the compatibility of aid. 

Keynote Speaker

Koen Van de Casteele

Head of Unit, State Aid Policy and Case Support, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

Koen Van de Casteele is in charge of State Aid Policy and Case Support at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition.  In that capacity, he has followed the implementation of State Aid Modernisation.  He has extensive experience in State aid control.  Prior to his work at the Commission, he was a senior associate in the Business and Finance Department of a major law firm in Brussels and London.  Koen Van de Casteele has read law at Leuven University, the College of Europe and the University of Michigan Law School.


Jan Bonhage

Hengeler Mueller, Berlin

Eva Chamizo Llatas

Director of European Affairs, Iberdrola, Brussels

Juan Manuel Contreras Delgado de Cos

Deputy Director, Spanish National Authority for Markets and Competition (CNMC), Madrid

Berend Jan Drijber

Advocate-General, Dutch Supreme Court, The Hague

Kate McKenna

Matheson, Dublin

Christina Siaterli

Head of Unit, Fiscal Aid, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

Ulrich Soltész

Gleiss Lutz, Brussels

Kai Struckmann

White & Case, Brussels

Lisa Wright

Slaughter and May, London


8.45: Welcome coffee and registration

9.15: Chairs’ opening remarks

Nicole Robins, Oxera, Brussels
Edurne Navarro, Uría Menéndez, Madrid and Brussels

9.30: Keynote address

Koen Van de Casteele, Head of Unit, State Aid Policy and Case Support, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

10:15: National application of state aid law

  • The implementation of state aid law by national courts
  • The application of state aid by national competition authorities
  • What will be the effect of Brexit on the UK application of state aid law?

Edurne Navarro, Uría Menéndez, Madrid and Brussels

Berend Jan Drijber, Advocate-General, Dutch Supreme Court, The Hague
Ulrich Soltész, Gleiss Lutz, Brussels
Lisa Wright, Slaughter and May, London
Eva Chamizo Llatas, Director of European Affairs, Iberdrola, Brussels
Juan Manuel Contreras Delgado de Cos, Deputy Director, Spanish National Authority for Markets and Competition (CNMC), Madrid

11.45: Coffee break

12.15: Shifting interpretations of selectivity and economic advantage?

  • What are the implications of recent judgements, such as the Spanish ship building case, for the interpretation of selectivity?
  • What are the implications for the tax state aid cases?
  • Has the applicability or application of the Market Economy Operator Principle (MEOP) changed following the EDF and FIH judgements?

Nicole Robins, Oxera, Brussels 

Jan Bonhage, Hengeler Mueller, Berlin 
Kai Struckmann, White & Case, Brussels
Christina Siaterli, Head of Unit, Fiscal Aid, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels
Kate McKenna, Matheson, Dublin

13.45: Chairs’ closing remarks

Nicole Robins, Oxera, Brussels
Edurne Navarro, Uría Menéndez, Madrid and Brussels

14.00: Networking lunch

15:00: Close of conference


Rue de Loxum 25, 1000 Brussels, Belgium


  • "Very good, lively debates! Involvement of EU Commition and court speakers" - Edurne Navarro, Uría Menéndez

  • "All over excellent- venue, speakers and variety of discussion" - Mario Pohlmann, E.ON

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