Launch of the public consultation on the Commission Communication on the Confidentiality Notice on 29 July 2019 – closing date 18th October 2019
This will be one topic on the agenda for discussion between national judges and DG Comp staff in November 2019; details of the consultation and of the draft communication can be found here [http://ec.europa.eu/competition/consultations/2019_private_enforcement/index_en.html]
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 is a request coming to national judiciaries for information relevant to the collection of judgments. More details 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 the Court of Appeal of Milano and of this Association, Judge Marina Tavassi.
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
Denmark:- Mads Bundgaard Larsen – Vice-President, Maritime & Commercial Court, Copenhagen
France: - Sylvaine Poillot-Peruzzetto, Court of Cassation, Paris
Germany:- Wolfgang Kirchhoff, Federal Court of Justice, Karlsruhe
Greece:- Iannis Symplis - Council of State, Athens
Italy: - Marina Tavassi - President of the Court of Appeal, Milan
The Netherlands:- Jaap de Wildt - the Court of Rotterdam and the Administrative High Court for Trade and Industry (from October 2019)
Poland:- Ewa Stefańska - Supreme Court, Warsaw
Spain:- Mercedes Pedraz Calvo - La Audencia Nacional, Madrid
Sweden:- Ingeborg Simonsson - City Court, Stockholm
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:
http://ec.europa.eu/competition/publications/reports/kd0416407enn.pdf accessed 30th July 2019; at Annex 1.1, it contains national profiles of the respective courts engaged in competition law in those days.