Thursday, 15 October 2020. Rue de Loxum 25, Brussels.

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Nicole Robins


Nicole Robins heads Oxera’s State Aid practice and is the partner in charge of Oxera’s Brussels office. She advises clients on a wide 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. She has given expert economic evidence in front of the General Court on state aid matters on a number of occasions. Nicole also teaches the state aid module on the King’s College Economics for Competition Law postgraduate course.

Isabel Taylor

Slaughter and May

Isabel has a competition and regulatory practice and advises across a range of industries, including regulated industries, on merger control, general competition law, sectoral regulatory requirements, and public procurement. She has a particular expertise in State aid law. Isabel is listed as a leading individual for competition law in the Legal 500, 2017 and in Chambers UK 2018. Who’s Who Legal: Competition 2018 identifies her as a thought leader in state aid.


8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs’ opening remarks
Nicole Robins, Oxera, Brussels
Isabel Taylor, Slaughter and May, London

9.05: Keynote address

9.45: Tackling the implications of the Green Deal

As the European Commission begins rolling out the Green Deal, this session will consider the implications the Green Deal will have on state aid rules, and what potential challenges implementation may bring. Our panellists will also discuss likely forthcoming changes to state aid rules in the energy sector, including how state aid rules relating to the Emissions Trading Scheme are changing.

11.00: Coffee break

11.30: Global challenges to state aid

In light of increased competition in EU markets from global companies, panellists will discuss how to tackle the effects of subsidies provided by third countries as well as the Commission’s response to the challenges created by Brexit. Panellists will also address questions such as: do state aid rules need to change to further support Member States’ industrial strategy? How will state aid rules interplay with Important Projects of Common European Interest?

12.45: Chairs’ closing remarks
Nicole Robins, Oxera, Brussels
Isabel Taylor, Slaughter and May, London

13.00: Networking lunch

14.00: Close of conference


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  • “Excellent keynote address – all over excellent venue, speakers and focused discussion.” Dr. Mario Pohlmann, E.ON

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