Period:  14-16.06.2017
Organiser:  LIBRe Foundation
Lecturers:  Atty. Hein Hobbelen, Atty. Ivan Georgiev, Kiril Pangelov, Dr Mladen Mladenov

The training on 'State Aid Enforcement and the National Court', attended by 21 national judges, took place at RIU Pravets Golf & SPA Resort on 14-16 June 2017. The programme during the three consecutive training days focused on questions related to:

State Aid in the Competition Policy of the EU

Economic Rationale of State Aid

The Concept of ‘Aid Incompatible with the Internal Market’

Aid of Social Character

Aid for Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI)

Damages in State Aid Cases

Private State Aid Enforcement

The Application of EU State Aid Law to Broadband

and other topics.

The judges took active part in the discussions on cases from the national practice and from the practice of the European Court of Justice. They expressed their positive impression on the expertise and experience of the speakers in the training:

Kiril Pangelov - a lawyer with more than 12 years of professional experience in the Bulgarian Competition Authority (CPC).

Atty. Ivan Georgiev - a former regional judge (2010-2016) with special interests and practical experience in Competition Law.

Dr Mladen Mladenov - an expert with Master Degrees in Law, Public Finance and Management.Doctoral Degree in Political Science.

Atty. Hein Hobbelen - a legal expert whose practice focuses on EU and Dutch Competition Law.

According to participants’ feedback, the strongest accents in the training were its practical approach and the case study discussions. The quality of the training materials and the overall event organisation were also positively assessed.

Follow CONSTANT project’s website where you could find training materials, which will be available upon the trainings’ completion.


"CONSTANT - COmpetitioN and STate aid law Advanced National Training for judges" Project aims to meet the need for advanced practical training on EU state aid law, antitrust damages actions as well as the economic foundations of competition among Bulgarian judges.

The project is implemented with the financial support of the Training of National Judges Programme of the European Union under Grant Agreement No. SI.738369-HT.4989.