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Recent news (from London, Murcia and Brussels)

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Recent news

We are glad to share some news coming from all over Europe (in the spirit of the ongoing election to the European Parliament):

  • From London, younger readers pursuing or considering an academic career will be pleased to learn that King’s College London is expanding its competition law team (lucky them). It is an entry-level position (lectureship). You have until 7 June to apply. More info here.
  • From Murcia, our friend Jorge Piernas is keen to let us know that his home university (Murcia), in cooperation with the University of Padova and the European Commission, has put together a programme to train national judges in State aid matters. If you are a judge (or an apprentice judge), note that the first residential seminar will take place in Murcia on 30 and 31 May and that there are a few (very few) spots available. Interested? You can reach Jorge at
  • From Brussels, our friends from the eminent Global Competition Law Centre have organised a lunch talk, to take place on Monday of next week, in which to discuss the priorities of the next Commission. As part of the lunch talk, they have come up with the great idea of inviting the competition law community to share their views on the matter. You have until 25 May to fill their survey, which can be accessed here.

Written by Pablo Ibanez Colomo

23 May 2019 at 12:47 pm

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Update Chillin’ State Aid Workshop: Keynote by Viktor Kreuschitz (General Court)

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Thanks very much everybody for the interest in our State aid workshop (14 June, Fondation Universitaire, Brussels).

As you will have seen, registrations are now closed. But please do sign up for the waitlist, which is still open. We hope to be able to accommodate everybody.

We are proud to be able to bring an update to our programme.

Viktor Kreuschitz, Judge at the General Court and renowned State aid specialist, has kindly agreed to give a keynote at 4pm, right after the last panel. La cerise sur le gâteau of what promises to be a great event.

The updated programme (and the link to sign up for the waitlist) can be found here.

Written by Pablo Ibanez Colomo

22 May 2019 at 4:33 pm

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New Champions: Competition or Politics?, ELEA Symposium, Bruges, 19 June

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On 19 June, the ELEA students at the College of Europe will be hosting a symposium focused on two of the main themes in competition law these days: Europen champions and industrial policy, and digital platforms.

They have managed to come up with an excellent line-up of speakers.  Pablo and I will both be happy to join them.

There are only 10 seats left, so you better hurry up. For additional info and registration, click here.

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Written by Alfonso Lamadrid

21 May 2019 at 5:17 pm

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Chillin’ State Aid Workshop – Registration open!

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Registration for our State aid event is now open! You can sign up for it here.

Remember that the programme can be found here.

We look forward to seeing many of you there! And please contact us for any question.

Written by Pablo Ibanez Colomo

17 May 2019 at 11:00 am

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Chillin’ State Aid Workshop (14 June) + Programme and registration info (it’s this Friday: stay tuned!)

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As you know, we are a month away from our State aid event. You will find below the finalised programme. We are proud to have brought together a group of top experts (thanks again to all of them!).

The registration page will go live this Friday (17 May) at 10am London time and 11am Brussels time. You will find the link to the page via the blog, so watch this space!

Chillin’ State Aid Workshop: Charting the Territory

Where: Fondation Universitaire (Rue d’Egmont, 11 – 1000 Brussels)

When: Friday 14 June 2019 

9am-9.15am | Registration and welcome

9.15am-11.15am | Selectivity and advantage

Introduction and chair: Pablo Ibáñez Colomo (LSE and College of Europe)

Speakers: José Luis Buendía Sierra (Garrigues), Jacques Derenne (SheppardMullin), Penelope Papandropoulos (European Commission) and Christina Siaterli (European Commission)

11.15am-11.30am | Coffee break

11.30am-1pm | Procedural and institutional issues

Introduction and chair: Alfonso Lamadrid de Pablo (Garrigues)

Speakers: Natura Gracia (Linklaters), Massimo Merola (BonelliErede), María Jesús Segura Catalán (Clayton & Segura) and Andreas von Bonin (Freshfields)

1pm-2.30pm | Lunch

2.30pm-4pm | State aid beyond the EU

Introduction and chair: Pablo Ibáñez Colomo (LSE and College of Europe)

Speakers: Juliette Enser (Competition and Markets Authority), Christian Jordal (EFTA Surveillance Authority) and Vincent Verouden (E.CA Economics)

4.00pm-4.45pm | Keynote speech: Viktor Kreuschitz (General Court)

4.45pm-5.15pm | Let’s find somewhere nice for a drink

The support of LSE Law is gratefully acknowledged

Written by Pablo Ibanez Colomo

15 May 2019 at 4:28 pm

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[New] Urgent Competition- 2 Millon Reward

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The good news first: Chillin’Competition just went over 2 million visits. Thanks so much everyone for choosing to come here from time to time.

The competition that we improvised this morning (see here) didn’t quite work according to plan. We received over 1,500 visits in the first half an hour. (!); the system got stuck and did not update for a while, so unfortunately we don’t know who the exact 2 million visitor was.

We have received reports from readers who claim to have tried to refresh the page on several devices and networks. This situation raises important questions, mainly: didn’t you really have anything else to do?! 😉

To make up for it we offer two things:

-Since we know that what truly motivated you was the possibility to introduce more absurdity, some fun, a word in one of Pablo’s academic articles: please write as a comment to this post or in a tweet the word that you’d like Pablo to include in his next paper (I’d go for Oocephalus, my colleagues suggest Dracarys). We’ll then select the best ones and run a poll. The person who suggests the winning word will get the Chillin’Competition sports bag and t-shirt.

-A free round of beers at an open bar to be announced soon.


Written by Alfonso Lamadrid

14 May 2019 at 10:26 am

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Urgent Competition- 2 Million Reward

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Today Chilling’Competition will attain the 2 million visits mark, which is pretty amazing.

At 9.47 am we are roughly 500 visits away, and we just thought about creating a competition.

If any of you can prove with a screenshot of the blog’s homepage that you are the exact 2.000.000 visitor, you will win:

  • A Chillin’Competition sports bag and t-shirt;
  • Two tickets for our next conference;
  • Most importantly, the possibility to decide on a word that Pablo will have to include in his next academic paper (he has just agreed; no kidding) 😉

(The headline of this post may admittedly constitute clickbait)

Written by Alfonso Lamadrid

14 May 2019 at 8:54 am

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