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Training of national judges and judicial cooperation in the field of EU competition law

Since 2002, the Competition Directorate-General of the European Commission operates a subsidies program dedicated to the training of national judges in EU competition law and judicial cooperation between national judges. Approximately 120 projects have so far been co-financed, involving more than 7000 national judges.

Calls for proposals for projects under this program are published annually. Once new projects for training judges have been approved, details of the training programs are published below on this page.

Should you have any query in relation to training of judges in EU competition law, contact us.

Legal and Financial Framework pdf

Last call for proposals

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Upcoming events, actions and trainings for judges:

Dates Title / Content / Contact Audience Place Language
23 - 24 February 2018 Seminar on European Competition Law for National Judges:  ‘National Judges and Antitrust Damages Litigation’

National judges, prosecutors, apprentice judges working in one of the EU Member States dealing with competition cases at national level

• who deal with the review of the decisions adopted by national competition authorities; or,

final instance judges dealing with competition law issues
Budapest (Hungary) English
1 - 3 February 2018 & 4 - 6 October 2018

The European University Institute (EUI) has opened the call for applications for the 8th edition of ENTraNCE for Judges. The 8th edition is focussed on recent developments in economic analysis of competition law, with a specific focus on competition law enforcement in digital market and damage quantification.

The flyer and further information about the programme

Draft programme residential training

The online application is open until 30 November 2017

Registration form

26 judges from EU Member States, except UK and Denmark

European University Institute, Florence (Italy)

15 December 2017

State aid and fundamental freedoms: the role of national courts in case of concurrence between them.

National courts and ex officio control.

Judicial staff competent to deal with competition cases on a national level (including national judges, prosecutors, apprentice national judges and the legal staff of the judges ‘s office or national courts).

This judicial staff is from four different Member States: The Netherlands, Austria, Belgium and Italy.

The seminar will be held in videoconference from Tilburg University, Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), University of Antwerp, University of Bologna.

22-23 March 2018

Academy of European Law-ERA seminar series:


Title: Economics for EU Competition Law - An Essential Tool for the National Judge


These 1,5 day seminars aim to provide national judges with a good understanding of basic economic concepts in EU competition law and with the tools to assess economic evidence and to quantify the harm caused by infringement of competition rules.


Contact person: Eirini Volikou

40 national judges per seminar, assistant and trainee judges and prosecutors from different EU Member States
Academy of European Law, Trier (Germany)

  National Institute of Magistracy, Bucharest (Romania)
  National School of Judges, Thessaloniki (Greece)
  Centro de Estudos Judiciários, Lisbon (Portugal)
 Antitrust - State aid