On 23 November 2016 the Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic organized under the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union an expert conference European Competition Day.
A Chairman of the Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic Tibor Menyhart and a State Secretary of the Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic Mária Kolíková held the opening speeches.
European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager in a key-note speech emphasized the need for cooperation between competition authorities in the European Union and presented a new project of the European Commission that should be helpful in the effective enforcement of competition law by boosting and harmonizing the powers of the competition authorities of Member States and the European Commission.
Conference topics reflected the current issues of competition law and policy. The development of electronic commerce raises also the questions of collecting and managing of the so called Big data. In the first panel discussion a prominent representative of the European Commission Guillaume Loriot, a Competition Expert at the OECD Antonio Capobianco, the President of the German competition authority Andreas Mundt and a Director of Competition at Google Julia Holtz dealt with the problems that may in terms of competition law in this area arise.
The protection of those who are harmed by the anti-competitive behaviour of undertakings has been in the spotlight of the European Commission for a long time. Thus, the Directive which Member States are obliged to transpose by the end of this year was adopted. The Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic is a cosponsor of the bill transposing the Directive. Due to the number of practical questions associated with implementing the new rules, the Office invited to the second panel discussion the experts from the European Commission and from the countries where the actions for damages for the infringements of competition law are applied quite often and where a rich decision-making practice of courts exists. In the second panel were discussing five panelists including a representative of the Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic Michaela Nosa, the President of the Competition Appeal Tribunal in the United Kingdom Sir Peter Roth, a Policy Analyst and one of the legislators at the Directorate-General for Competition Filip Kubík, a Head of litigation from a company with rich experience with the application of antitrust damages actions Carsten Krüger and an expert on competition economics in relation to not only the quantification of these damages Benoît Durand.
Last panel discussion was about the effective public enforcement of competition law. Four panelists from the EU Member States were: a Head of the Sector of EU legislation from the Italian competition authority Gianluca Sepe, a researcher at the Institute for Innovation and Competition in Germany Marco Botta, a Slovak legal specialist for competition law and regulatory matters Andrea Oršulová and a representative of the Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic Zuzana Šabová. Following the project of the European Commission on boosting of the powers of the competition authorities in enforcing competition law in the European Union, they discussed the powers to be harmonized for the consistent and effective implication of the competition law in the European Union.
At the end of the European Competition Day a Deputy-chairman of the Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic Boris Gregor delivered a closing speech.
Programme of the conference
Introduction of speakers
Speakers´ presentations

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