European Commission Communication on Collective Redress


European Commission Recommendation on Collective Redress


First Malcolm Carlisle Memorial Lecture

The first “Malcolm Carlisle Memorial Lecture” took place on the 6th of June the at Apothecaries Hall in London. Professor Christopher Hodges was invited to give a speech titled “Device Regulation and Liability – Taking Things Beyond Criticism”, which you will find attached to this email.

The lecture, jointly sponsored by  EJF, Eucomed and ABHI, was given in recognition of Malcolm Carlisle and to celebrate his outstanding achievements in the medical device industry. The lecture addressed proposals to amend the EU regulatory system of medical devices, the need to harmonise EU public enforcement and to modernise systems for care and redress of patients  where devices, such as implants, require revision.

For your information, in addition to the copy of Professor Hodges’ speech, please find attached a picture of the event.  



Professor Chris Hodges Speech


Text on Final Informal Council document on Proposal for a Directive on Alternative Dispute Resolution


Joaquín Almunia Speech - The role of competition policy in times of crisis

29th Annual AmCham EU Competition Policy Conference / Brussels

I was happy to receive your invitation to address this conference, as it is the perfect time to analyse the role of competition policy from a transatlantic perspective.

The EU has opened the discussion about the future of the Economic and Monetary Union and tries to find a way to start a new phase of sustainable growth. And President Obama has just been re-elected and everybody in the US and around the world is looking ahead at the challenges and priorities for the next four years. I hope that strategic decisions will be adopted on both side of the Atlantic in the near future.

We need this level of ambition, because we must put behind us the crisis and its consequences once and for all. And we know that, in the past, our economies have benefited every time we have decided to work together to tackle our common challenges. This is even more relevant today, because the EU and the US share more interests than five years ago, before the crisis started to rock the boat of the global economy. Of course, there are important differences as well, but active policies are needed here and in the US to promote growth and jobs; consolidate public budgets; and increase competitiveness to keep pace with the emerging world economies. In this context, each side is of strategic interest for the other. America needs a stable, dynamic and prosperous Europe and vice versa. The need for a closer relationship is pretty clear.

Fortunately, we have a long tradition of fruitful dialogue and co-operation to build on. In spite of the recession and of the rise of the new economic giants, the transatlantic economic area remains the largest market in the world, accounting for over half of the world’s output. The EU-US trade in goods grew by 63% between 2000 and 2011 to reach over $630 billion. But our economic links run deeper. Beyond trade in goods and services, the EU and the US are each other's main sources for foreign direct investments and in 2010 the sales of US affiliates in Europe reached $2.7 trillion. Conversely, the sales of European affiliates in the US reached $1.9 trillion – more than three times the value of US imports from Europe.

In the competition-control domain, our relations are just as important. I can personally testify of the excellent state of health of our cooperation. I regularly discuss with the heads of the US competition authorities on matters of common interest – this week I met the FTC Chairman Jon Leibovitz – and our frank dialogue makes the enforcement of competition rules easier and more effective both in Europe and in the States.

Full speech

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