Competition Law Turns Green – Seminar Series

Thursday 09 December 2021, 15:30 to 17:00

Sustainable development and environmental protection are Europe’s priorities and core values that span its legal system. The recently adopted EU Green Deal Strategy reflects Union’s commitment to these values by setting out an ambitious plan to transform Europe into a sustainable and competitive economy, turning environmental challenges into opportunities. To help realise this goal, EU competition law is called on to more actively play its part in facilitating Europe’s green transition – how to respond to that call is a live and pressing issue that we will take up during these seminars.

Our seminar series brings together leading academics, policy-makers, regulators, and practitioners to offer various perspectives – ranging from law to environmental science to economics – on how competition law and policy should contribute to making Europe greener and more sustainable. Organised by the 3E (Environment, Economy & Energy) Research Centre of the Brussels School of Governance, Vienna University of Economics and Business (Competition Law and Digitalization Group), and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, the series consists in four virtual seminars running between June and December 2021:

Please click on the title below for more information and to register:

# 4 Focus on Agency/Government Action and Advocacy with the Private Sector

  • Thursday 9 December
  • 15:30-17:00

This webinar will focus on competition agency actions and advocacy efforts with the private sector so far on this issue.  Agencies have begun to reach out to the private sector in order to remove competition law as an “obstacle” to genuine sustainability agreements through a range of tools ranging from general policy statements and written guidelines, to other techniques such as comfort letters, sandboxes and bi-lateral meetings with informal no-enforcement guidance.  We will explore in this webinar what agencies are saying, why they are saying it, how they are conveying these messages and what has been the reaction of the private sector with officials from the Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets, the European Commission’s DG Competition and the UK Competition and Markets Authority working in this area.

Speakers:

  • Sofia Vasileiou, Case Handler, DG Competition (Antitrust: Energy, Environment) European Commission
  • Bart Noé, Senior Enforcement Officer, Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets
  • Sandrine Delarue, Assistant Director (Policy and International), United Kingdom Competition and Markets Authority

Moderators and discussants:

  • Dave Anderson - Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Brussels (Antitrust & Competition Law)
  • Klaudia Majcher - Assistant Professor, Vienna University of Economics and Business (Competition and Digitalization Group)
  • Harri Kalimo - Professor, Co-Director 3E (Environment, Economy & Energy) Research Centre

 

Past seminars:

# 1 Focus on the State of the Debate (23 June)
  • Speakers:
Vesa Terävä - Head of Unit, European Green Deal, European Commission (Secretariat General)
Christina Volpin - Competition Expert, OECD
Dirk Middelschulte - Global General Counsel Competition, Unilever

 

  • Moderators and discussants:
Dave Anderson - Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Brussels (Antitrust & Competition Law)
Klaudia Majcher - Assistant Professor, Vienna University of Economics and Business (Competition and Digitalization Group)
Harri Kalimo - Professor, Co-Director 3E (Environment, Economy & Energy) Research Centre

 

  • A summary of the meeting can be found here.

# 2 Focus on Legal: Hold or Move? (6 October)
  • Speakers:
Sandra Marco Colino - Associate Professor & Director, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Luc Peeperkorn - Professor, Brussels School of Competition
Ralph Taschke -  Legal Division/International Affairs Officer, Austrian Federal Competition Authority

 

  • Moderators and discussants:
Dave Anderson - Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Brussels (Antitrust & Competition Law)
Klaudia Majcher - Assistant Professor, Vienna University of Economics and Business (Competition and Digitalization Group)
Harri Kalimo - Professor, Co-Director 3E (Environment, Economy & Energy) Research Centre

 

# 3 Focus on Environmental Economics (10 November)
  • Speakers: 
Karsten Neuhoff – Director, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW)
David Foster – Director, Frontier Economics
Philipp Dimakopoulos – Economist, DG COMP
Astrid Ladefoged – Head of Unit (SDGs & Economic Analysis) DG ENV
Andreas Themelis – Head of Unit (Advocacy), Hellenic Competition Commission

 

  • Moderators and discussants:
Dave Anderson - Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Brussels (Antitrust & Competition Law)
Klaudia Majcher - Assistant Professor, Vienna University of Economics and Business (Competition and Digitalization Group)
Harri Kalimo - Professor, Co-Director 3E (Environment, Economy & Energy) Research Centre

 

 

Organised by