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In May and September 2019, the Institute of Legal Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with Kati Cseres (UvA/ACELG), is organising a training programme for Central and Eastern European judges in EU State aid law.

Summary

At the core of the training programme are two 2-day training events organised in Budapest in May and September 2019. The training events will use blended and peer-learning techniques, encourage reflective learning by participants, and will place emphasis on cross-jurisdictional experience sharing and on developing cross-jurisdictional best practices and coping strategies. They will be moderated by leading State aid practitioners as well as expert staff from the organiser.

The training events will cover substantive and procedural EU State aid law as it emerges in litigation before national courts, the law on the general and specific obligations of national courts under EU State aid law, and specific issues relating to remedies before national courts, such as interim relief and damages action. The events will aim to cover legal developments with relevance for Central and Eastern Europe as well as developments before national courts throughout Europe, especially in Central and Eastern Europe.

The training programme aims to develop essential legal knowledge and skills in EU State aid law through reflective individual learning, practice-oriented large- and small-group training, which uses blended and peer-learning techniques, and the sharing of cross-jurisdictional experiences.

Training events

The first training event, and the preparation leading up to that event, will focus on legal developments in EU State aid law which pose a problem for judicial interpretation and decision- making for national judges.

The second training event, and the preparation leading up to that event, will focus on the law and its practice of the enforcement of EU State aid rules before national courts.

Areas of law

The training programme will cover both substantive and procedural EU State aid law. Particular attention will be paid to the law governing the enforcement of EU State aid law before national courts.

The major themes include:

  • the applicability of EU State aidlaw;
  • obstacles in national law to the application of EU State aidlaw;
  • problems arising from EU State aid law for national judicialinterpretation;
  • decisional situations under EU State aidlaw;
  • legal relief and remedies in EU and national law. The specific topicsinclude:
  • notion of aid with a focus on recentdevelopments;
  • the role of national courts under theGBER;
  • the role of national courts under the principle of effective judicialprotection;
  • State aid and public service compensation;
  • provisional measures before nationalcourts;
  • key Central and Eastern European developments in EU State aid law.

Trainers & Experts

Project coordinator

Marton Varju, research chair in law, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Centre for Social Sciences, and senior legal advisor, the Kúria (the Hungarian Supreme Court), Budapest.

External Experts

  • Massimo Merola, Attorney in law, Bonelli Erede, and Professor of law and President of the Global Competition Law Centre, College of Europe, Bruges;
  • Cees Dekker, Attorney in law, NysinghAdvocaten;
  • Cristina Butacu, Romanian Competition Authority, Bucharest.

Local training staff

  • Katalin Cseres, University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Law, and Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Centre for SocialSciences;
  • Mónika Papp, ELTE Eötvös Lóránd University, Faculty of Law Budapest, and Hungarian
  • Academy of Sciences, Centre for Social Sciences
  • Marton Varju, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Centre for SocialSciences;
  • Dorottya Simon, partner, Lexcellence Ltd.;
  • Ágnes Baratta, attorney in law, Baratta Law Firm,Budapest;
  • Réka Danó, LexcellenceLtd.;
  • Laura Ragályi, Lexcellence Ltd.

Participants: judges and judicial personnel from 11 EU jurisdictions, including Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia.

For more information, please refer to the programme description.

Application

Please, apply by sending your CV to the project organiser, Marton Varju at varju.marton@tk.mta.hu.

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The programme is financed by the European Commission, DG Competition. The financing priority is to improve the application and the enforcement of EU State aid rules in national courts after modernisation.