antitrustitalia’s 26th lunch talk is scheduled on Monday 29 June 2015 at Confindustria Bruxelles (Av. de la Joyeuse Entrée 1 – 1040 Bruxelles – Metro Schuman).
Wouter Wils, Hearing Officer at the European Commission and Visiting Professor at King’s College London, will give a presentation in English on:
Article 9 of Regulation 1/2003 created a new mechanism, allowing the European Commission to close an investigation into a suspected infringement of the antitrust prohibitions contained in Articles 101 and 102 TFEU by making commitments offered by the companies concerned binding on those companies (“commitment decisions”).Leaving aside the area of cartels, for which commitment decisions are not available, more than half of the formal decisions adopted by the Commission in the ten years since the entry into force of Regulation 1/2003 have been commitment decisions.Several commentators have expressed concerns about the risk of excessive use of the instrument of commitment decisions.To what extent are these concerns justified?
Wouter Wils was appointed as Hearing Officer in 2010. He was a Member of the European Commission’s Legal Service from 1994 to 2010 and is a former référendaire of Advocate General van Gerven at the European Court of Justice. Mr Wils holds degrees in economics and in law from the universities of Louvain, Utrecht and Harvard. He is a Visiting Professor at King’s College London, and is the author of a variety of legal and economic publications.
Refreshments will be provided at 12.30, the presentation will begin at 13.00 and will finish at 14:15.
Entrance is free for antitrustitalia members. For non-members, there will be a fee of €15 to cover the cost of the lunch. Please use this Eventbrite link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/
As space is limited, please let us know if you are unable to attend, so that we can offer your place to other colleagues. For the non-members who will notify the cancellation by Thursday 25 June, the fee will be reimbursed directly from the link above.
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