2021 EJTN Exchange Programme
The call for applications for specialised exchanges implemented under the 2021 EJTN Exchange Programme is now open. The deadline to apply is 26 February 2021 (18:00, Brussels time). Passed this date, the online application form will no longer be accessible.
Please note that the exchanges are open to judges and prosecutors of the EU MS only (and probably not to Danes). Applications for specialised exchanges must be submitted through the Exchange Programme online application form, available via the following link: https://exp-platform.ejtn.eu/ and the documentation can also be downloaded from the following webpage: http://www.ejtn.eu/Exchange-Programme/Calls-for-participation/Call-documents--Documents-de-lappel-a-candidatures/
The contact at EJTN is Chrystelle de Coligny, email@example.com
COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic
Judges are all having to cope with the impact that COVID-19 is having on our lives and work. Restrictions on meetings and on travel mean that meetings planned for this year have been cancelled already, postponed or are still uncertain - see Events.
The Secretariat will continue to pick up e-mails and we shall be making plans to maintain useful communications between judges of the EU, EFTA and national courts. Meantime we wish all readers a safe passage through this extraordinary time.
Request to national judges regarding the transmission of judgments pursuant to article 15 (2) of Regulation 1/2003
In discussions between the judges and staff at DG Comp, there has been an emphasis on practical implementation of this provision so that judges across Europe can appreciate how competition law is being interpreted and applied in other national jurisdictions facing the same or similar issues.
In co-operation with DG Comp, there a request has been sent to national judiciaries for information relevant to the collection of judgments. Colleagues in DG Comp, as well as the AECLJ Secretariat, are grateful to those in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Spain and from the UK who have collected data and responded.
More details, and a copy of the questionnaire can be obtained by national judges from firstname.lastname@example.org.
The launch of GAM - Giurisprudenza Antitrust Milanese
This a database collecting the judgements of the Tribunal and the Court of Appeal of Milan, Italy, on private antitrust enforcement. It has been edited by Jacopo Alberti and Filippo Croci with support from the Jean Monnet Chair of Professor Massimo Condinanzi and the endorsement of the President of this Association, Professor Marina Tavassi who was the first lady to become President of the Court of Appeal of Milan.
The database, available here[http://gam.eurojus.it/en/], currently includes judgments rendered between 2013 and 2018; it will soon be updated to bring them up to 2019.
In addition to the classic search criteria, the database includes a search mask that allows the user to filter the judgments on individual topics. While judgments are currently available only in Italian, the search form (included the one by topics) is available also in English. This means that also non-Italian speaker can search and find relevant judgments, so as to focus the translation only on what really matters for their purposes.
Contacts in each national judiciary
At the annual conference in Copenhagen, it was suggested that the AECLJ seeks to establish a network of first points of contact; these would be available to fellow competition law judges when they wished to ask a question concerning the application of competition law in another State. The Association’s Secretariat, on email@example.com, provides a contact for the United Kingdom and it is contacting judges in other States with a view to nominations. The Association’s Secretariat, on firstname.lastname@example.org, provides an initial contact point and it is contacting judges in other States with a view to volunteers. The following judges have already volunteered:
Austria:- Sabine Voelkl-Torggler - Competition Tribunal, Vienna
Belgium:- Marc Bosmans – President, Market Court, Brussels
Bulgaria:- Mira Raycheva, Supreme Court
Croatia: - Igor Periša, Civil Department of the Supreme Court
Cyprus: - Angelos David, President, Nicosia District Court
Czech Republic:- Eva Bučková, District Court in Zlín
Denmark:- Mads Bundgaard Larsen – Vice-President, Maritime & Commercial Court, Copenhagen
Estonia: - Villem Lapimaa – Chairman, Circuit Court, Tallinn
Finland: - Jussi Karttunen - The Market Court, Helsinki
France: - Sylvaine Poillot-Peruzzetto, Court of Cassation, Paris
Germany:- Wolfgang Kirchhoff, Federal Court of Justice, Karlsruhe
Greece:- Iannis Symplis - Council of State, Athens
Hungary: - Katalin GOMBOS, Civil Department of the Curia
Ireland:- Liam McKechnie, Supreme Court
Italy: - Marina Tavassi
Latvia: - Rudite Vidusa - Supreme Court, Riga
Luxembourg: - Théa Harles-Walch, Court of Appeal, Luxembourg
Malta: - Mark Chetcuti, High Court, Valetta
The Netherlands:- Jaap de Wildt - the Court of Rotterdam - from October 2019, the Administrative High Court for Trade and Industry, The Hague
Norway:- Karin Fløistad - Chair, Norwegian Competition Tribunal, Bergen
Poland:- Ewa Stefańska - Supreme Court, Warsa
Portugal: - Marta Borges Campos, Competition Court
Romania: - Cristian Oana - High Court of Cassation and Justice seconded to the National Institute of the Magistracy, Bucharest
Slovak Republic: - Andrea Moravčíková, Supreme Court, Bratislava
Slovenia: - Petra Hočevar, Administrative Court, Ljubljana
Spain:- Mercedes Pedraz Calvo - La Audencia Nacional, Madrid
Sweden:- Ingeborg Simonsson - City Court, Stockholm
Switzerland: - Pascal Richard - Federal Administrative Court, division II
United Kingdom:- Peter Roth, President, Competition Appeal Tribunal, London
Study on judges’ training needs
In 2016, DG Comp published the Study on judges’ training needs in the field of European competition law - Final report – a copy of which is accessible on the Internet: