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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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Upcoming events, actions and trainings for judges:

Dates Title / Content Audience Place Language
27-28 September 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)

22-23 March 2018 National Institute of Magistracy, Bucharest (Romania)
21-22 September 2017 National School of Judges, Thessaloniki (Greece)
8-9 May 2017 Centro de Estudos Judiciários, Lisbon (Portugal)
6-7 July 2017

The Law and Economics of State Aid in National Courts

Leading experts on State aid law from around the EU will cover the following topics:

The role of the national judge in assessing the unlawfulness of State aid;

Remedies before national courts for breach of the State aid rules;

Key issues in the Economics of State aid law for national judges;

Case study on handling economic evidence in State aid cases as a national judge;

Recent developments in State aid and taxation.

Programme EU State aid law and economics in national court

Registration form

Further details are available at

For further details, please contact Ms. Leanne Caulfield (

National judges and prosecutors Dublin English
19 May 2017 State aid modernization

Commission's procedures to keep under constant review all systems of aid existing in the Member States

The role of national courts in state aid enforcement

The EU Commission and national courts: the Commission’s support to national courts

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 (20 people in total) is from four different Member States: The Netherlands, Austria, Belgium and Italy

Tilburg University English
2-4 February 2017

7-9 September 2017

Residential Training ENTraNCE for Judges 2017
Focus: role of national courts in State aid proceedings
Enrolment fee: free. Travel and accommodation costs covered by the project budget.
Enrolment deadline: 30 November 2016

Registration >

Contact Person: Marco Botta -

Final Workshop ENTraNCE for Judges 2017
52 judges from different EU Member States, excluding UK and Denmark Florence (Italy) English
31 March 2017 The notion of (fiscal) State aid: decisions of the EU Commission and case law of the EU Courts 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)

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

24-25 February 2017 The Role of National Judges in Antitrust Litigation in the Light of the EU Damages Directive Judges, prosecutors, apprentice judges dealing with competition cases on a national level in EU member countries, the FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Iceland Budapest (Hungary) English
8-9-10 March 2017



This 2,5 days seminar will aim to address from a practical perspective the interaction between the Courts of the European Union (the Court of Justice and the General Court) and national Courts when State aid schemes are implemented. Therefore, the various channels for judicial implementation will be explored through cases, in particular, annulment procedures, actions grounded on a failure to fulfil an obligation and preliminary ruling procedures. Furthermore, the fundamental concepts of compatibility, illegality, recovery and compensation when judicially implementing European State aid schemes will be taken into account, bearing in mind not only the relationship between the European Commission and national authorities, but also their effects on the beneficiaries of the aid and on their competitors.

Contact person: Montse Romeu

52 national judges and prosecutors from different EU Member States and 14 speakers

The Spanish Judicial School (Barcelona, Spain) English and Spanish
From 1st February to 31st March 2017

E-learning course, before the seminar is held, participants will be electronically sent all the materials that the speakers will use in their presentations so they can familiarize themselves with the content.

  On-line course  
9-10-11 March 2017 Compensation of Damages arising out of cartels and abuses of dominance according to the Directive 2014/104/EU and transposition rules

1,5 day seminar aiming to provide national judges with tools to asses, helped by experts in the legal and economic field, the main problems presented by compensation of damages in competition law proceedings and responses and best practices applicable to these kind of situations. Contact person:  
36 judges from different EU Member States University of Valencia (Spain) English and Spanish
 Antitrust - State aid