List of past and upcoming task force events (click icon) - last updated May 2013
Claire Harris – FTI Consulting (Chair)
Matthew Hall – McGuireWoods LLP
Bill Batchelor – Baker & McKenzie
TIlmann Kupfer - BT
Created in 2010, the Competition and Trade task force complements the existing EU Committee portfolio. The task force’s aim is to provide a targeted opportunity to participate in meetings with officials and MEP’s by identifying subjects which are of direct concern to members. As the structure allows for a two-way exchange of information, it provides an excellent vehicle for those affected by competition or trade issues to have their say.
The Competition and Trade task force is open to all members with interest in internal trade and competitions issues.
The list of issues of interest to the task force is of course growing and related to the EU agenda. However, in order to differentiate from other organisations’ offers, the British Chamber associates competition, trade and and internal market issues with others relevant to the business community generally:
- Energy – how energy liberalization has impacted upon competition in the energy industry and ongoing competition issues (highlighted by the energy sector inquiry), and energy mergers
- Environment – the overlap for example between state aids for environmental objectives
- Pharmaceuticals – how did the industry respond to the sector inquiry and what have been its effects?
- The consumer – how will the consumer benefit from private damages actions and how does this initiative with initiatives in other parts of the Commission for consumer redress?
- Transport – what is the effect of competition law on the airline industry?
- China – a threat or an opportunity? Trade issues, and competition issues that affect members
If your company is affected by Competition & Trade issues, why not join the Task Force? We are always open to new members and new ideas!