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Competition Policy

Training of national judges and judicial cooperation in the field of EU competition law

Single Market Programme

DG Competition (DG COMP) operates a grants programme dedicated to the training of national judges in EU competition law under the Competition policy part of the Single Market Programme (SMP Competition) which focuses on making the internal market more effective, including through enhanced competition policy. Under this strand, each year, calls for proposal are launched in the area of EU competition law training. The present call concerns national or transnational training projects in the area of EU competition law. Action grants are awarded to support and promote judicial training with a view to foster a common legal and judicial culture of competition law.

The objective of this programme is to co-finance projects aiming to train national judges in the context of enforcing European competition rules. This includes public and private enforcement of both the Antitrust rules and the State aid rules, thereby increasing the knowledge and know-how of national judges. The final aim is to ensure a coherent and consistent application of EU competition law by national courts.

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Justice Programme 2014 -2020

Since 2002, DG COMP operates a grants programme dedicated to the training of national judges in EU competition law. The main goal of the Training of Judges Programme is to support a consistent and coherent application of EU competition law by national courts.

The Training of national judges on EU competition law is part of the Justice Programme 2014 -2020, contributing to support and promote judicial training, including language training on legal terminology, with a view to fostering a common legal and judicial culture.

Under the last programming period (2014-2020) 56 projects have been co-financed, involving approximately 3200 national judges.

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Other upcoming events, actions and trainings for judges


Title: Stepping up with the economics of competition law: from core principles to application in practice

Date: 10-11 November 2022

Place: Budapest – Hungary

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This seminar explores economic concepts underlying competition decisions, including theories of harm, counterfactual, market definition, market power, abuses of market power and efficiencies of vertical agreements, as well as the use of economic evidence in courts and in the calculation of damages. Then, it goes into more complex economic analysis, examining case studies on excessive pricing and exclusive dealing.


It is addressed to 31 national judges from the EU Member States, Albania and Montenegro, Turkey, North Macedonia and Serbia.

Language: English


Title: The role of the national judge in the enforcement of EU State aid rules

Date: 20–21 June 2022

Place: Utrecht - Netherland

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Seminar for the Duch judiciary by ERA (Academy of European Law)


Dutch judges, apprentice national judges, and the staff of judges’ offices or of national courts.

Language: Dutch and English



Date: 13 June 2022

Place: Turin - Italy

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Public and Private Enforcement of EU Competition Law in the Age of Big Data


10 national judges from Italy.

Language: Italian


Title: ENTraNCE for Judges 2022


  • 19-21 April 2022 (residential training)
  • 28-29 September 2022 (final workshop)

Place: EUI campus in Florence (residential training); EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg (final workshop).

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Training focussed on recent developments in the enforcement of Art. 101 TFEU


ENTraNCE for Judges 2022 is a training program addressed to 52 national judges from the EU Member States, Albania and Montenegro. Interested judges may submit an online application by 28 February 2022.

Language: English

* Due to travel restrictions caused by COVID-19, the two events in Florence will be organized in a hybrid format: selected participants will be able to attend the residential training and final workshop via Zoom, in case they could not travel to Florence.