Eddy de Smijter, Head of the International Relations Unit at DG COMP, and Nicolas Erb, EU Affairs Director at Alstom, will address these topical issues at this EU Committee lunch Panel Debate.
Head of Unit "International Relations" DG Competition | European Commission
Eddy De Smijter is Head of the International Relations Unit in DG Competition at the European Commission since October 2016. He joined the European Commission in 2001 as a member of the team that negotiated Regulation 1/2003 on the implementation of the EU competition rules. After the adoption of the Regulation, Eddy De Smijter stayed within the unit responsible for the European Competition Network until his move, in 2005, to the team that is responsible for the Commission's policy on private enforcement of the EU antitrust rules. In that capacity, he was leading the team that on behalf of the Commission negotiated with the European Parliament and the Council, the Directive on antitrust damages actions.
EU Affairs Director | ALSTOM Belgium Business & Services SA
Nicolas Erb studied Political Science in France and graduated from the College of Europe. He joined UNIFE in 2001 where has was involved in contributing to and managing different research projects co-funded by the EU, ERTMS and the Railway European Technology Platform ERRAC and contributed to the work of the European Association for Railway Interoperability. He joined Alstom in 2005 and has held different positions: first in Strategy & Business Development, consolidating and looking after Alstom Transport’s commercial strategy in Northern Europe. Then as Mergers & Acquisition Manager he carried out various projects setting up partnerships extending Alstom’s reach and portfolio. He became European Affairs Director for Alstom Transport in 2012, before leading the Alstom European Affairs team from 2015, as part of Alstom’s Strategy department. Nicolas represents Alstom in a number of organizations such as UITP, Hydrogen Europe and the Platform for Electromobility and contributes to several expert groups from the European Commission.