BEUC (Brussels)

Agustin Reyna

BEUC (Brussels)
Director, Legal and Economic Affairs

Agustín Reyna is Director of Legal and Economic Affairs at The European Consumer Organisation, BEUC. BEUC represents 43 independent national consumer associations from 31 European countries. The primary task of BEUC is to act as a strong consumer voice in Brussels and to try to ensure that consumer interests are given their proper weight in all EU policies. Agustín heads the legal and economic department composed of five policy teams: Financial Services, Digital, Consumer Rights, Competition, and Consumer Redress and Enforcement. He coordinates the organisation’s work on competition law enforcement and policy before the Commission and the EU courts. Since 2018 he acts as non-governmental advisor for the Commission to the International Competition Network and represents BEUC in various European and international fora.

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1299 Bulletin

Agustin Reyna Class action & damages claims: have we finally found the "Courage" two decades since the EU’s top Court landmark judgment?


The judgement of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Courage and Crehan represented a landmark case in private enforcement in the EU. It recognised the right to full compensation in the EU stemming from the overarching principle of effectiveness of EU law. Since this judgment, we have seen a shy but gradual increase in damages claims for the infringement of competition law, several of which have reached the Court of Justice of the EU for further guidance and interpretation. This jurisprudential approach to damages claims lead the European legislator to adopt in 2014 the Damages Directive . Both the case law and the new rules have gradually removed procedural obstacles for individuals, companies, and public bodies to claim compensation following an antitrust infringement. This is still an area of law in evolution in which several questions remain open, particularly on the interface between public and private enforcement in what concerns leniency applications, as well as on the compensation of final consumers who ultimately foot the bill of infringers. This foreword takes stock of where we are in the EU two decades after the Courage judgement and reflects on the way forward.

860 Review

Agustin Reyna, Alec J. Burnside, Philippe Chappatte, Sarah de Morant Digital economy and consumer welfare (Online markets and offline welfare effects: The Internet, competition, society and democracy - Oxford, 22 May 2017)


While the Oxford English Dictionary defines “welfare” as “The health, happiness, and fortunes of a person or group”, it is not that simple to define the consumer welfare in the internet context. Gradual changes introduced by platforms with significant market power are able to distort the idea of (...)


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