The European Green Deal and its implications for regulation, State aid and competition policy – do the rules need to change?
Oxera Consulting LLP and Herbert Smith Freehills LLP are pleased to invite you to a webinar on the implications of the European Commission’s Green Deal on regulation, State aid and competition policy on Thursday 9 July 2020 from 11:00 to 12:30 CEST.
The webinar will focus on the European Commission’s major policy initiative – the European Green Deal – and its implications for the wider EU regulatory landscape, including energy and environmental regulation, State aid and competition policy.
These important and topical issues will be addressed by distinguished speakers from the European Commission, including Lukasz Kolinski, Head of Unit at DG ENER and Anna Colucci, Director in Energy and Environment at DG Competition, the judiciary and private practice, with audience participation and discussion.
Session 1: The European Green Deal and its implications
- Key elements of the European Green Deal, including ETS reform, carbon border tax, the Just Transition Fund and taxonomy for sustainable investments
- Will the move from Member State action to EU-wide measures mark a fundamental shift towards more effective environmental policies?
- What will the impact be on other areas of EU policy?
- Artur Runge-Metzger, Director at DG CLIMA (Climate Strategy, Governance and Emissions from Non-Trading Sectors)
- Lukasz Kolinski, Head of Unit at DG ENER (Coordination of Energy Policy, the Energy Union and External Policy)
Moderator: Philip Lowe, Partner at Oxera Consulting LLP
Session 2: Sustainability and State aid and competition policy – do the rules need to change?
- State aid:
- What are the specific “problems” from a sustainability perspective that could be best addressed by changes to the State aid framework?
- Possible areas for reform of the Environmental and Energy Guidelines
- What are the pros and cons of accommodating sustainability considerations within competition law tools?
- Possible areas for reform, e.g. a framework for sustainability agreements and widening the concept of “efficiencies” in merger control
- What lessons can be drawn from the response to COVID-19?
- Anna Colucci, Director at DG COMP (Energy and Environment)
- Simon Holmes, Judge at the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal
- Paolo Chiricozzi, Head of Competition and State aid at Enel
Moderator: Lode Van Den Hende, Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
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