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Brussels, 8 th September 2009

Competition: Commission reappoints Professor Damien Neven as Chief Competition Economist

The European Commission has reappointed Professor Damien Neven as the Chief Competition Economist for a further period of three years. In the three years since he was first appointed (see IP/06/1050 ) Professor Neven has contributed to the work of the European Commission in the fields of antitrust, mergers and state aid control. The Commission decided exceptionally to reappoint Professor Neven for a further period of three years to ensure continuity in projects that last beyond a period of three years, and to avoid continuity problems, which may be particularly relevant in the current times of financial and economic crisis, where the mandate of the Chief Economist and the Commission end around the same time

Professor Neven has a Doctorate in Economics from Nuffield College (Oxford) and is a Professor of Economics at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva which he joined in 2001. He taught at INSEAD from 1986 to 1991, the University of Liège from 1991 to 1993 and at the University of Lausanne from 1993-2001.

The Chief Economist assists in evaluating the economic impact of the Commission’s actions in the competition field, and provides guidance on methodological issues of economics and econometrics in the application of EU competition rules. He contributes to individual competition cases (in particular ones involving complex economic issues and quantitative analysis), to the development of general policy instruments, as well as assisting with cases pending before the Community Courts.

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