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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.

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Last call for proposals

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Upcoming events, actions and trainings for judges:

Dates Title / Content / Contact Audience Place Language
16-17 November 2018 National Judges and Antitrust Challenges in the Digital Age National judges, prosecutors, apprentice judges and the staff of the judges’ offices of review courts of national competition authorities decisions and of final judicial instances dealing with competition law, including antitrust and state aid in EU member countries, the FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Iceland Budapest (Hungary) English
10-11 September 2018

17-18 January 2019

+ e-learning course
A.D.A - Antitrust Damages Actions: interdisciplinary training of European judges on implementation of EU rules

The aim is contributing to improvement of knowledge, application and interpretation of EU competition law so as to ensure its coherent and consistent application.
Such purpose will be achieved by the following specific training activities focused on:
  • Directive 2014/104 on antitrust damages actions (and the Italian transposing legislation);
  • Economic principles of competition law including economic principles and economic reasoning;
  • Specific terminology used in the application of competition law.


Call for application:

20 national judges, prosecutors, apprentice judges, and members of judges’ offices staff from EU member States. Seminars at Macerata, Italy English

04 - 06 July 2018

09 - 11 July 2018

11 - 13 July 2018

LIBRe Foundation training series

Application оf EU Competition Law Tools and Concepts to Digital Markets

Intellectual Property Ownership as a Determinant Factor in Legal Competitive Assessments

The Role of Data and Innovation for Competition. Competition Concerns in the Air Transport

Judges from the Supreme Court of Cassation, the Supreme Administrative Court, the appellate courts and the district courts Sofia English
4-5 June 2018 (no. 1 of the series)

13-14 December 2018 (no. 2 of the series)

Academy of European Law (ERA) seminar series:

Title: Antitrust enforcement in digital markets: training for national judges

This series of two 1.5-day seminars aim to analyse and define digital markets and the behaviour of undertakings in the online world in order to assess their conformity with EU and national competition rules on concentrations, anti-competitive agreements and abuse of a dominant position.

Contact person: Avgustina Lazarova
  Budapest, Hungary

Düsseldorf, Germany
English and German (with simultaneous interpretation
22-23 March 2018 (no. 3 of the series)

27-28 September 2018 (no. 4 of the series)

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: Avgustina Lazarova

40 national judges per seminar, assistant and trainee judges and prosecutors from different EU Member States

Bucharest, Romania

Trier, Germany
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)

 Antitrust - State aid