Thursday, 20 September 2018, Rue de Loxum 25, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

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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

Gert Jan Koopman

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

Gert Jan Koopman has been Deputy Director-General for State Aid since November 2010. He is responsible for the Commission's State aid cases and policy.

Prior to this, he was Director for Policy Strategy and Co-ordination and before that, for the Economic Service and Structural Reform Directorate at the European Commission's Economic and Financial Affairs DG, which he joined in May 2008. In this capacity, he led the work on the structural reform agenda and provided economic advice to all Commission services. Mr Koopman was also a member of the Commission's Impact Assessment Board which vets all Impact Assessments produced by Commission departments.


Jan Bonhage

Hengeler Mueller, Berlin

Eva Chamizo Llatas

Director of European Affairs, Iberdrola

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, Uria Menéndez, Madrid and Brussels

9.30: Keynote address

Gert Jan Koopman, Deputy Director-General for State Aid, 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, Uria 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, Iberdrola, Brussels

11.45: Coffee break

12.15: Shifting interpretations of selectivity and economic advantage?

  • The tax state aid cases: where are we now? what can we learn from the recent cases?
  • What are the implications of the Spanish ship building case for the interpretation of selectivity?
  • 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, Uria Menéndez, Madrid and Brussels

14.00: 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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10 August 2018

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