6 November - 7 November 2017 | Brussels


Phedon Nicolaides (Chair & Speaker)
Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges and the Maastricht University, and Academic Director at lexxion training

Dr. Nicolaides has been educated in the United States, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and has a PhD in economics and a PhD in law. He has acted as consultant to a number of public authorities in various EU Member States and to international institutions and organisations such as the European Commission, the European Investment Fund, the European Economic and Social Committee, the OECD and the UN. He has published extensively on competition policy, State aid, and policy implementation. During the past 15 years, he has carried out training activities on State aid in most EU Member States.


Antonios Bouchagiar
Member of the Legal Service of the European Commission (AIDE Team – State aids and dumping), Brussels

Antonios Bouchagiar is a member of the Legal Service of the European Commission, currently working in the State aid team. His areas of expertise include State aid in relation to maritime transport, aviation, banking, basic industries, agriculture, fisheries, infrastructure, block-exempted aid and regional aid. He regularly litigates on behalf of the Commission before the EU Courts in Luxembourg. Prior to joining the Legal Service, he handled cases of merger control in the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission. Before joining the Commission, he was an associate lawyer in the antitrust group of the Brussels offices of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Howrey LLP. He has published two books on the private enforcement of competition law, as well as various articles in the fields of competition law and internal market law. Mr Bouchagiar graduated from the University of Athens (LL.B., LL.M.), the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Erasmus) and the College of Europe in Bruges (LL.M., ELEA specialisation).


Roman Gąszczyk
Legal expert, Polish Governmental Administration, Warsaw, Poland

Roman Gąszczyk has graduated in law at the University of Warsaw (UW). Moreover, he has graduated from Center for American Law Studies (operating as joint academic venture between the UW and the University of Florida Frederic G. Levin College of Law) and the National School of Public Administration (Warsaw, Poland). He served an internship at the Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU in Brussels.
He published about 30 articles on state aid, legal aspects of waste and waste water management, civil law and comparative law.
He is involved in the process of managing Polish Operational Programme for Environment and Infrastructure 2014-2020 (among others) which is the biggest (in terms of funds allocated to it) operational programme in the history of the European Union.
HIs expertise also comprises handling the cases connected with regulations concerning EU funded infrastructural projects (state aid, environmental impact assessment and other legal aspects).


Stefan Akira Jarecki
Legal expert, Polish Governmental Administration, Centre for Antitrust and Regulatory Studies Warsaw University (UW), Warsaw, Poland

Dr Stefan Akira Jarecki has graduated the Faculty of Law and Administration at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw (UKSW). He is an expert in the field of transport and state aid law.
He is head of the Rail and Public Transport Laboratory which is a part of the Centre for Antitrust and Regulatory Studies (CARS) at the Faculty of Management of Warsaw University (at CARS he is also a coordinator of railway transport sector), lecturer at the Warsaw School of Information Technology (WIT) under the auspices of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN), former Director of the Railway Transport Department at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Construction, participant in the Warsaw Seminar of Axiology of Administration (WSAA), speaker at numerous workshops and conferences on transport-related topics and State Aid.
He published about 40 articles mainly on state aid and widely understood issues of competition and pro-competitive sector-specific regulation in railway and public transport sectors. His book, titled “Pro-competitive regulation in the area of passenger railway transport” was nominated to the prestigious CARS 2015 award.
He is involved in the process of managing Polish Operational Programme for Environment and Infrastructure 2014-2020 (among others) which is the biggest (in terms of funds allocated to it) operational programme in the history of the European Union. As an adviser to the minister he is responsible for compliance of EU fund interventions with State Aid rules.


Mihalis Kekelekis
Competition/State Aid Officer, EFTA Surveillance Authority, Brussels

Bachelor in law in 1993 from the University of Thrace (Greece), PhD in EC Competition law in 2000 from the University of Essex (UK). Mihalis has been a member of the Athens Bar Association, Greece, since 1996. In the past, he worked as a Senior Lecturer at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA – Maastricht) where he regularly advised public authorities across the EU on State aid issues and participated in EU-funded projects as an international/EU legal expert and project manager. In his current position as Senior Officer in the Competition and State aid Directorate of the EFTA Surveillance Authority, he gets involved among others in the assessment of State aid cases and complaints pursuant to the provisions of the EEA Agreement. He is the author of three books – on state aid policy and merger policy respectively – and has written numerous articles


Melvin Könings
Associate, Lysias Consulting Group, Amersfoort
Melvin Könings is managing consultant on EU State aid affairs for the Lysias Consulting Group in The Netherlands. He studied Public Administration and has a wide practical experience local, national and international civil service. From 2001 to 2005 hewas detached on behalf of the DutchMinistry of Economic Affairs at the European Commission, in DG Competition. He was member of the State aid team on the Accession of the 10 new Member States in 2004. In 2005 Melvin Könings started working for the Lysias Consulting Group, a medium sized Dutch firm, specialised in consultancy projects in the public sector on administration, policy changes and democracy. From 2006 to 2009 Melvin Könings was also Alderman in the Dutch municipality Geldermalsen. From his in deep State aid assessments, Melvin Könings knows a wide variety of policy instruments in great detail. Not only from a legal perspective, but also from an economic and political perspective. On a yearly basis, he is involved in more than 100 State aid cases (projects, programs and schemes). In 2013, he successfully coordinated the Dutch State aid notification of the JESSICA funds of the cities of The Hague and Rotterdam. Melvin has a lot of experience in providing State aid training. He regularly provides presentations for both civil service and industry.


Daiga Lagzdina
Expert-lawyer, Ardenis Ltd., Latvia

Master in law in 1998 from the University of Latvia (Latvia) and 20 years experience in State aid law and practice in public administration, but in 2016 Daigamoved to private practice where she is providing legal services particularly targeted on solving and clarifying State aid topics. She headed the State Aid Control Department of the Ministry of Finance in Latvia between 2002-2013, in overall being involved in dealing with state aid law in Latvia by performing tasks of policy design and enforcement of state aid law already since 1997. Before accession into the EU she headed national State aid surveillance commission, which was responsible formaking decisions on planned state aid in Latvia. For a year she has worked as national expert in the European Commission, State aid Unit of the DG for transport and Energy (2007-2008) and she has been consulting national state aid controlling authorities in pre-accession in Bulgaria (2005-2006), Croatia (2005), Turkey (2011) and Montenegro (2008-2015).


Péter Staviczky
State Aid Attaché, Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, Brussels, Belgium

He read law at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University Faculty of Law (1996-2001) and Comparative Law at the International Faculty of the University Robert Schuman Strasbourg (1999-2002). He did a banking-lawyer postgraduate training (2000-2002) and took part in the common European specialist course of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the French École National d’Administration in spring 2002. He has been working at the State Aid Monitoring Office in Budapest since 2001. In 2007, he was appointed as head of the unit. He is a regular speaker at the seminars on State aid. Since January 2011 he is the attaché responsible for State aid at the Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU in Brussels.

Further speakers are currently being invited.


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