Aleksandra Boutin (Compass Lexecon) pointed out that her College friends are wonderful partners for fascinating substantial discussions on competition policy. And it is these honest, thorough discussions, based on trust and the special College bond, that gave her the idea to set up the College of Europe Competition network – where such trust based discussions could have a wider impact. And where they could inspire a new generation of competition professionals to best serve the European consumer.
Pablo Ibáñez Colomo (LSE) noted that in spite of the many discussions about competition issues in Brussels, there are not many occasions to have deep discussions. The group could in this sense be an innovative platform to look at some issues under a different light.
According to Alfonso Lamadrid (Garrigues), no academic institution can affect your professional life as much as the College. The College’s broad perspective on EU law is something that really helped him during his career. As for his views on what the group can become, he mentioned that a mentoring programme targeted to aspiring competition professionals could be a great addition to the Brussels competition world. In general, the group should focus on making an impact especially on younger generations.
The Commission official
Nick Banasevic (European Commission) expressed his opinion on the potential added value of the new alumni group. Compared to more traditional competition-focused groups, it could be a more open and accessible forum aiming to get especially younger practitioners involved.