Johannes Laitenberger has been appointed General Court judge at the EU’s General Court, effective 1 September 2019. Since 2015 he was the Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition. Under the political guidance of Commissioner Vestager, he managed the Directorate-General within the framework set by its mission statement and work programme. He has been Deputy Director-General of the Commission’s Legal Service (2014-15), Head of Cabinet of President Barroso (2009-14), Spokesman of the European Commission (2005-09) and Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Reding (2003-04). Johannes Laitenberger started his career in the European Institutions in 1996 as an adviser in the General Secretariat of the Council. In 1999, he joined the Commission as a case handler in the Directorate-General for Competition (formerly DG IV) and soon became Member of Cabinet of Commissioner Reding (1999-2003). He studied Philosophy at the Portuguese Catholic University in Lisbon, and law at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn, and qualified as a German lawyer. He was born in Hamburg, Germany and grew up in Hamburg and Lisbon, Portugal.
The multiple crises we are faced with are certainly among the most serious tests in the EU’s six decades of existence. Many commentators criticise the EU’s alleged inability to tackle these formidable challenges. But the picture is not as bleak as some paint it. Competition policy and (...)
This first roundtable of the “New frontiers of Antitrust” conference held in Paris on June 13th 2016 was dedicated to the links between competition and trade policies in light of the ongoing negotiation of the TTIP between the European Union and the United States. After an introduction of (...)