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European Union - European Commission | Training of National Judges in European Competition Law

European Union - European Commission | Training of National Judges in European Competition Law

The new Call for proposals on "Training of national judges in EU Competition Law and judicial cooperation" will be published during the month of July on the following website of the European Commission.

The call is available in all official languages.

Deadline for applications: 30/10/2015

The available budget is of 1.000.000 EUR.

The objective of this call for proposals is to co-finance projects (up to 90%) aimed at promoting judicial cooperation between, and the training for, national judges in the context of enforcing of the European competition rules. This includes public and private enforcement of both the Antitrust and the State aid rules. The final aim is to ensure the consistent application of EU competition law by national courts. An overview of the type of projects financed last year is available here.

Projects should address at least one of the following areas:

  • AREA 1: Improvement of knowledge, application and interpretation of EU competition law.

Priority 1: In the framework of State aid Modernisation and the new enforcement role of national courts, training activities focusing on State Aid are highly recommended.

Priority 2: Training activities focusing on Directive 2014/104 on antitrust damages actions[1]. The Directive should be transposed in national law by 26 December 2016. The aim of these projects would be to enable national judges to be ready to apply these new national rules as soon as they enter into force.

Priority 3: Training activities focusing on underlying economic principles of competition law. Trainings should be hands-on oriented and include real case studies.


  • AREA 2: Development of legal linguistic skills of national judges

Priority 4: Projects should cover legal linguistic training activities linked to the specific terminology used in the application of competition law. The main goal of the projects should be the overcoming of the geographical/linguistic barriers to the benefit of the creation of a common European judicial area.


  • AREA 3: Improving and/or creating cooperation/networks;

Priority 5: Fostering the cooperation between national judges and/or between national judges and the Commission (ex. request for opinion/information) in the field of State Aid[2] and/or Antitrust proceedings. Projects may focus also on disseminating knowledge on the existing cooperation tools under Article 15 of Regulation 1/2003 and the Notice on Cooperation with National Courts[3] and/or setting up new fora of cooperation.

Priority 6: Projects should cover the establishment, upgrading and/or interlinking of databases or web-based tools with EU cross-border relevance aiming to create or strengthen the cooperation and disseminate information among national judges at national and European level or facilitating case management of complex cross - border competition cases.


[1] European Parliament and Council Directive 2014/104/EU of 26 November 2014 on certain rules governing actions for damages under national law for infringements of competition law provisions of the Members States and of the European Union, OJ L 349, pp. 1-19 available here.

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