Remember Arcelor/Mittal, where the Commission was called upon to use its powers under the ECMR to block the trade-unions unfriendly raid launched by an non- EU steel tycoon? Remember Suez/GDF, where the Commission was asked to refrain from using its powers under the ECMR and clear the merger of two" national champions".
Traditionally, the Commission has remained agnostic to concerns (and the ensuing pressures) alien to competition issues. Yet, similar problems arose again in Google/DoubleClick (i.e. data protection issues) and other recent procedures. In light of this, Prof. Alain STROWEL (University Faculties St Louis in Brussels) and I decided, with the support of my LL.M students, to organize a half day conference in Brussels on 25 April.
I am delighted to say that Luc GYSELEN (Arnold & Porter), T. JESTAEDT (Jones Day), A. WINCKLER (Cleary), M. VAN DER WOUDE (Stibbe and University of Rotterdam) and R. ALLENDESALAZAR (Howrey) have accepted our invitation and will talk at the event.
A pre-registration form (to be returned by email) can be found below. The conference room is not extremely large, so please register quickly if interested.