’Pharma – where are we after Lundbeck?’ with Theofanis Christoforou, Director, Principal Legal Adviser, Competition & Mergers, Legal Service - European Commission

Lundbeck was the European Union’s fist ‘pay-for-delay’ case in the pharmaceutical sector. On the 8th of September the General Court accepted the Commission’s judgement. With this, the European Commission articulated that pharma ‘pay-for-delay’ agreements breach EU antitrust rules. We are pleased to be joined by Theofanis Christoforou, Director, Principal Legal Adviser, Competition & Mergers, Legal Service - European Commission, to offer his reflections on the General Court judgement.

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The effects of Dual Use and Strategic Export Control on Trade – A Cross-sectoral Approach with Jolana Mungengova Policy Assistant for the Cabinet of Commissioner Cecilia Malmström

At this breakfast briefing Ms Mungengova will provide a cross-sectoral analysis on the impact of the EU’s dual-use export control policies, with special focus on the directly affected industries:  energy, aerospace, defence and  security, lasers  and  navigation, telecommunications, life sciences, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, material-processing  equipment  and   industrial   products,  electronics, semiconducto

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EU Lunch with Thomas Kramler, Head of the Digital Single Market Task Force, DG COMP, on e-Commerce Sector Inquiry – The Final Report and Announced Enforcement Actions

As part of the EU’s Single Market Strategy, the identification of cross-border barriers and restrictive business practices are of increasing importance in order to ensure online competition. With the aim of understanding existing market trends, the European Commission launched a sectoral inquiry into e-commerce in May 2015.  This was followed by a Preliminary Report and a Public Consultation on the issue during the second half of 2016.  

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The Priorities of the Estonian Presidency in Competitiveness and the Single Market with Märt Loite, Head of Competitiveness Section, Counsellor for Economic Affairs

With Estonia coming next at the EU Presidency cycle, Märt Loite, Head of Competitiveness Section, Counsellor for Economic Affairs at the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the European Union, will provide an overview of the priorities of the Estonian Presidency in Competitiveness and the Single Market.

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Antitrust: Excessive Pricing in Pharma with Paul Csiszár Director, Dir E - Basic Industries, Manufacturing and Agriculture, DG COMP

Excessive pricing in the pharmaceutical sector is increasingly becoming a key sector of interest for antitrust cases in Europe. During this EU Committee lunch, Paul Csiszár Director, Dir E - Basic Industries, Manufacturing and Agriculture, DG COMP, will provide an overview of recent developments in competition law in the pharmaceutical industry.

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EU Committee with Jean Bergevin, Head of Unit, Antitrust: Financial Services, Dir D 2, DG COMP on the Challenges and Priorities in Antitrust in Financial Services

Strengthening competition in financial services is one of the core elements of creating a more stable and transparent financial system in Europe. Antitrust policy in financial services is one of the main pillars for enforcing competition rules in European markets, with the aim of benefiting both businesses and consumers. Jean Bergevin, will discuss his priorities and the major challenges as Head of Unit responsible for antitrust cases in financial services.

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POSTPONED: Competition and Trade Task Force Briefing Political Advisor Series - Trade Priorities in INTA: ALDE’s Perspective with Ursa Pondelek, ALDE Group Policy Advisor, International Trade Committee (INTA)

This event has been postponed, we will come back to you shortly with a new date. As part of our Political Advisor Series we will be joined by Ursa Pondelek, ALDE Group Policy Advisor, International Trade Committee (INTA) for a Competition and Trade Task Force lunch providing an insight into the priorities of ALDE in the INTA Committee.

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The Priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency in Competitiveness with Kalin Tomov, Counsellor, Head of sector Competitiveness, Internal Market and Consumer Protection

With Bulgaria coming next at the EU Presidency cycle, Kalin Tomov, Counsellor, Head of sector Competitiveness, Internal Market and Consumer Protection at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Bulgaria to the European Union, will provide an overview of the priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency in Competitiveness.

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Political Advisor Series - Trade Priorities in INTA: A view from EPP with Amélie Giesemann

Please note that this is a task force briefing. You will have 20 minutes at the end of the briefing to suggest ideas of speakers and topics and be able to shape the EU Committee agenda.At this Competition and Trade task force briefing, Amélie Giesemann, Adviser of the EPP Group in the INTA Committee will discuss the committee’s trade priorities.

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Tales from the Trenches of Cartel Enforcement: Current Practice and Updates

Please note that this is a task force briefing. You will have 20 minutes at the end of the briefing to suggest ideas of speakers and topics and be able to shape the EU Committee agenda.At this task force briefing we will be welcoming Chris Mayock, Deputy-Head of Unit in Cartels Directorate, European Commission

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