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Cecilio Madero Villarejo

Acting Director-General

Deputy Director-General Mergers

Cecilio Madero Villarejo has been Deputy Director-General for Mergers at the European Commission's Competition Directorate-General since 1 March 2019 and Acting Director General since 1 September 2019.

His experience with the Commission spans 32 years during which his career has mainly focused on European competition policy. As a case-handler in 1987, he dealt first with the adjustment of state monopolies and the internal energy market. In 1995, he was appointed Head of Unit in charge of the application of State aid rules in the area of manufacturing, including the textile, papers, chemical, pharmaceutical, electronic industry, mechanical engineering and other sectors.

Between 1999 and 2006, he was Head of Unit in charge of Information Industries, Internet and Consumer Electronics. In October 2006, he was appointed Director of the Services Directorate, and then in 2007, Director of the Information, Communication and Media Directorate.

In 2010 he became Acting Deputy Director-General for Mergers and Antitrust. From 2011 until 1 March 2019, he was Deputy Director-General for Antitrust. Further to his appointment as Deputy Director-General for Mergers on 1 March 2019, he continued to act as Deputy Director-General for Antitrust until September 2019.

Mr Madero studied law at the Complutense University in Madrid. After working for five years at Banco Bilbao in Spain, he joined the European Commission (Competition DG) in 1987.

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Carles Esteva Mosso – Deputy Director-General State aid

Carles Esteva Mosso is Deputy Director General for State aid at the Competition Directorate-General of the European Commission.

From 16 March 2016 until 1 March 2019, he was Deputy Director General for Mergers after having served as Acting Deputy Director General for Mergers since July 2014 and as Director in charge of Policy and Strategy in DG Competition since 2010. Carles Esteva Mosso had previously held a number of management positions in DG Competition.

Between 1999 and 2004, he was a Member of the Cabinet of the European Commissioner for Competition Policy, Mario Monti. For the five years prior to that, he worked in several areas within DG Competition. Before joining the Commission, Carles Esteva worked in private legal practice. He is a member of the Barcelona Bar.

Carles Esteva holds a Masters degree in European Law from the Institut d’Etudes Européennes, Université Libre de Bruxelles. He also graduated in Law and Economics from the Universitat de Barcelona, and in Political Science (International relations) from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He is a guest professor on competition law at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.

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Kris Dekeyser - Acting Deputy Director-General for Antitrust and Cartels

Kris Dekeyser has been Director of the Policy and Strategy Directorate at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition since November 2016 and has been serving as Acting Deputy Director-General for Antitrust since September 2019. Before taking up his present position, he filled numerous management positions across DG Competition – he was in charge of antitrust and merger policy and case support; took up the duties of the European Commission's Cartel Settlement Officer at DG Competition's Cartels Directorate; and he was also Head of the Unit in charge of the European Competition Network and the Private Enforcement initiative.

Kris Dekeyser graduated in both law and political sciences and he is a guest Professor at the Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel. He is the author of a variety of publications in English and French in the field of competition law. He also regularly delivers lectures at seminars and conferences around the world on both general and specialised areas of Competition law, variously organised by Universities, Bar Associations, business forums, government organisations, competition enforcement agencies, etc.