The Chamber creates a Competition Commission

The Chamber has just set up a new Competition Commission, to deal with specific issues and aspects of competition law and policy that may affect the Chamber‘s member companies. This new commission joins the other existing bodies: Forums, Legal and Financial.

With its establishment, the Chamber’s Board of Directors has decided to pursue three priority purposes:

  • To serve as a meeting and exchange point of knowledge between member companies that are interested in or affected by the European competition policy.
  • To provide a platform to discuss in “neutral territory” between companies, lawyers, consultants, DG Competition officers and the Spanish administration.
  • To reinforce Spain’s leadership as a European benchmark in Competition Law and Policy, both from a public and a private perspective.

For this purpose, the new Commission, which will be called “Competencia España”, foresees different lines of activity:

  • Organization of work meetings to discuss specific issues and initiatives of DG Competition.
  • Holding breakfast-debates or similar events with officers from the DG COMP and national authorities.
  • When appropriate, the preparation of opinion statements on specific legislative/regulatory proposals.
  • Preparation of documents/guides on competition policy, intended for Spanish companies.

To be part of this new Commission, it will be required to be a member of the Chamber and to have a proven experience in the field of competition.

“Competencia España” will be led by Miguel Troncoso, member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors and managing partner in Brussels of the prestigious Gomez-Acebo y Pombo law firm.

Those partners interested in joining the Commission or in obtaining further information may contact Marta González or Miguel Troncoso sending an email to secretariogeneral@e-camara.com.

Forum Committee Meeting

On February 11th, a Forum Committee Meeting was held at the headquarters of the Chamber in Brussels, this working group has per mission the proposal, organization and follow-up of the events organized by the Chamber.

During the meeting, chaired by Pablo López Álvarez (Vice-President of the Chamber), a balance of the latest activities and events organized by the “business circle” platform was made, highlighting the training organized in October on “Public Advisory Strategies and dialogue with the European institutions ”. Likewise, the program of activities for the next months and the launch of new initiatives such as Breakfast with the Eurocámara were discussed.

Meeting of the Financial Commission

Last 11th of July, the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg organized a meeting of the Financial Commission at the premises of Hotel Meliá Luxembourg.  Around fifteen companies linked to financial services provision attended the meeting in Luxembourg.

During the meeting, the General Secretary presented the proposed program of activities for the coming months and the general objectives of the Commission.

The attendees had the opportunity to exchange opinions about the initiatives to be developed within the framework of the Commission, as well as the regulation of their internal structure.

With this working group, the Chamber aims to create a space for opinion and debate on economic and financial issues where professionals working in companies related to the provision of financial services, can share experiences, establish collaborations and exchange information about the sector trends.