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International Conference in Zagreb

6 and 7 October 2004

The EU Competition Policy and consequences for Croatia

Conference venue

Sheraton Zagreb Hotel

Kneza Borne 2

10000 Zagreb

Croatia

Phone (385) (1) 4553535

 

Participants

Members of the Croatian government, EU Member States, EU Candidate Countries and other countries from Western Balkan as well as representatives from the business community (approx 100 participants)

 

Conference language

Croatian and English with simultaneous interpretation

 

Speakers

  • Mr Damien Geradin, Professor at the University of Liege and the College of Europe at Bruges, chairman of the conference

  • Mr Jacques Wunenburger, Head of the Delegation of the European Commission in Zagreb, opening statement

  • Mr Davor Cilic, assistant minister at the Ministry of European Integration, Zagreb, opening statement

  • Mr Patrick Lindberg, Administrator at the DG Competition, International Relations and Enlargement Unit, European Commission in Bruxelles

  • Mr Jens Fejø, Professor at the Faculty of Law, Copenhagen Business School

  • Ms Olgica Spevec, President of the Council for the Croatian Competition Agency, Zagreb

  • Mr Siniša Petrović, Professor at the Department for Commercial and Company Law, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb

  • Ms Yolanda de Muynck, Legal Secretary at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg

  • Mr Jérôme Philippe, Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, former Head of Merger Control at the French DGCCRF in Paris

  • Mr Jozsef Sarai, Head of International Section at the Hungarian Competition Authority in Budapest

  • Ms Jurgita Breskyte, Chief expert at the Legal Division, Competition Council of the Republic of Lithuania

  • Ms Mirjam Močnik, Slovenian Competition Protection Office

  • Mr Nikola Popovic, Member of the Croatian Competition Council

  • Mr André Bywater, Solicitor at the law firm of Eversheds in Bruxelles

Topics

6 October: Challenges for Competition Policy

7 October: Application of Competition Policy

 

Background

The conference is a part of a CARDS project with the title: “Support to the Development of Competition Policy in Croatia in line with the EU Standards and Practice”. The European Union finances the project. The main beneficiary of the project is the Croatian Competition Agency, CCA, (www.crocompet.hr). The project is implemented in 2003 and 2004 by an international consortium composed of European Institute - Denmark, the three international law firms Bech-Bruun Dragsted (Denmark), Lind Stabell Horten (Sweden) and Eversheds (United Kingdom) and the Austrian consultancy firm Human Dynamics.

 

Programme

 

Wednesday, 6 October 2004

 

08:30 - 09:30 Registration with coffee

 

09:30 - 10:15 Opening of the conference

 

  • Mr Damien Geradin, Professor at the University of Liege and the College of Europe at Bruges, Chairman of the conference

  • Mr Jacques Wunenburger, Head of the Delegation of the European Commission in Zagreb

  • Mr Davor Cilic, assistant minister at the Ministry of European Integration, Zagreb

10:15 - 11:00 Policy considerations for the future EU Competition law

 

  • Mr Patrick Lindberg, Administrator at the DG Competition, International Relations and Enlargement Unit, European Commission in Bruxelles

 

11:00 - 11:30 Comments on the EU policy considerations

 

  • Mr Jens Fejø, Professor at the Faculty of Law, Copenhagen Business School

 

11:30 - 12:00 Discussion

 

12:00 - 13:00 Light lunch

 

13:00 - 13:45 Policy considerations for the future Croatian Competition law

  • Ms Olgica Spevec, President of the Council for the Croatian Competition Agency, Zagreb

13:45 - 14:15 Comments on the Croatian policy considerations

  • Mr Siniša Petrović, Professor at the University of Zagreb

14:15 - 14:45 Discussion

 

14:45 - 15:15 Coffee break

 

15:15 - 16:00 Judicial enforcement of EU competition law

  • Ms Yolanda de Muynck, Legal Secretary at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg

16:00 - 16:30 Mergers in relation to practical procedures for the business community

  • Mr Jérôme Philippe, Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, former Head of Merger Control at the French DGCCRF in Paris

16:30 - 17:00 Discussion

 

Thursday, 7 October 2004

 

09:00 - 09:30 Practical application of EU competition law in Hungary

  • Mr Jozsef Sarai, Head of International Section at the Hungarian Competition Authority in Budapest

09:30 - 10:00 Practical application of EU competition law in Lithuania

  • Ms Jurgita Breskyte, Chief expert at the Legal Division, Competition Council of the Republic of Lithuania

10:00 - 10:30 Practical application of EU competition law in Slovenia

  • Ms Mirjam Močnik, Slovenian Competition Protection Office

10:30 - 11:00 Discussion

 

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break

 

11.30 - 12:00 State aid and the new responsibilities of the Croatian Competition Authority

  • Mr Nikola Popovic, Member of the Croatian Competition Council

12:00 - 12:30 Comments on state aid

  • Mr André Bywater, Solicitor at the law firm of Eversheds in Bruxelles

12:30 - 13:00 Discussion

 

13.00 - 13:30 Closing remarks on the outcome of conference by the chairman of the conference

 

13:30 - 14:30 Optional light lunch