ATTORNEY AT LAW – BEGA RECHTSANWALT Law Firm
Scholarship: Online Summer Course on European Antitrust Law (221B11e)
5 July – 9 July 2021
“I considered the Academy of European Law to be a good environment, and this course to be a great opportunity to accelerate and develop my European law skills...”
“Without this support I could not have been part of this excellent Summer Course, from which I have been able to obtain a wide and deep insight into European Antitrust Law.”
What is your legal background, your current occupation and country of work?
With my current experience as attorney in a leading business law firm in Albania, I was strongly interested in expanding my professional career towards the European level in Germany.
How do you use European law in your current work?
I use European law for the purpose of interpreting our national laws, harmonised with the EU regulations and directives, as well as using the European Court of Justice case law for interpretation and legal reasoning purposes. In addition, despite that Albania is not yet a member of the EU, it has signed the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) and has rights and obligations under it. From time to time, Albanian courts also refer to the jurisprudence of the ECJ to give interpretation on Albanian laws which are harmonised with EU law when reasoning their decisions.
What was your motivation for attending this particular event?
As I am a third-country national with a foreign degree, in order to access the German labour market and increase my professional skills I have applied to study the LLM in European and International Business Competition and Regulatory Law, at Freie Universität Berlin. Currently, I am admitted for this course for the upcoming academic year (2021/2022). I considered the Academy of European Law to be a good environment for improving my European legal expertise prior to embarking on my studies, and this course to be a great opportunity to accelerate and develop my European law skills.
How did you benefit from the scholarship?
I am very happy to have been granted the scholarship for free participation. Without this support I could not have been part of this excellent Summer Course, from which I have been able to obtain a wide and deep insight into European Antitrust Law. Given that the European Commission has an extraterritorial jurisdiction allowing it to impose considerable fines even for non-EU companies which infringe the EU competition market, this course was helpful not only for EU lawyers but even for non-EU practitioners, like me.