DG Competition

 

Competition policy in Europe is a vital part of the internal market. Its aim is to provide everyone in Europe with better quality goods and services at lower prices. Competition policy is about applying rules to make sure companies compete fairly with each other. This encourages enterprise and efficiency, creates a wider choice for consumers and helps reduce prices and improve quality. These are the reasons why the EU fights anticompetitive behaviour, reviews mergers and state aid and encourages liberalisation.

 

The Commission mobilise competition policy tools and market expertise so that they contribute to the Union's jobs, growth and investment agenda, including in areas such as the digital single marketenergy union, financial services, industrial policy and the fight against tax evasion.

 

The Commission pursues an effective enforcement of competition rules in the areas of antitrust and cartels, mergers and state aid, maintaining competition instruments aligned with market developments, as well as promoting a competition culture in the EU and world-wide. The Commission follows an economic as well as a legal approach to the assessment of competition issues.

 

The Commission has also put forward measures to improve the right for consumers and businesses to get damage compensation when they are victims of anti-competitive conduct, and has strengthened and streamlined state aid investigation procedures.

 

Open Calls

 

DG Competition

Name of Call

Description of Call

Eligible Applicants

Deadline

Training of National Judges in EU Competition Law

The objective of this call for proposals is to co-finance projects aiming to train national judges in the context of enforcing European competition rules. This includes public and private enforcement of both the Antitrust rules and the State aid rules. The final aim is to ensure a coherent and consistent application of EU competition law by national courts.

Contents of the projects should be tailored to the needs of the target audience. Projects should be designed using practice-oriented learning methods and/or innovative learning methods (including blended learning, e-learning and simulations). The results of the projects should have a broad and long-lasting effect.

The target audience must consist of national judges dealing with competition cases at national level. This also includes prosecutors, apprentice national judges, and the staff of the judges’ offices or of national courts of eligible countries.

Public authorities, private legal entities or international organisations

March 31, 2017