Athanase Popov

DG ENERGY (Luxembourg)
Legal officer

Athanase Popov is a legal officer at the European Commission. He holds a PhD in European Union law from the Luxembourg University. Being a French and Bulgarian national with a Franco-English legal education, he has previous experience from various firms, law firms and organisations in France and Bulgaria and is also qualified as part of the "promotion Attali" at the Paris Bar school. His fields of interest and research areas cover competition law, EU procedural law, international arbitration and public international law.


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Athanase Popov The EU Court of Justice rules, upon request for a preliminary ruling, whether the Lithuanian scheme for the provision of public interest services in the electricity sector and of its financing scheme must be regarded as State aid (Achema / Orlen Lietuva / Lifosa / VKEKK)


The judgment of the Court of 15 May 2019 in case C-706/17, delivered upon a request for a preliminary ruling from the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania (“Achema”), replicates the analysis which was previously established in Association Vent de Colère!. The judgment in Achema thus follows (...)

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Athanase Popov La mutation des frontières dans l’espace européen de l’énergie


Frédérique Berrod était naguère connue pour ses travaux sur la “systématique des voies de droit communautaires” (F. Berrod, La systématique des voies de droit communautaires, Nouvelle bibliothèque de thèses, vol. 21, Paris, Dalloz, 2003). C’est elle qui a introduit, avec Dominique Ritleng (D. Ritleng, (...)

Athanase Popov European Merger Remedies - Law and Policy


As merger transactions become more complex, so do the remedies involved. This book seeks to identify and examine the most important aspects of merger remedies, which have emerged and evolved in the European Commission’s policy and practice over the past 20 years. The in-depth analysis of (...)

Athanase Popov Market Building through Antitrust


Market Building through Antitrust investigates the role of antitrust policy in the building of competitive energy markets in Europe. By looking at the specific problem of long-term supply and access contracts in the electricity sector, the book questions the suitability of antitrust policy as (...)

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