EMLO Conference Addressed by EU Competition Commissioner Vestager

EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager and Maersk Line CEO Søren Skou are keynote speakers at the Twenty First Annual EMLO Conference in Copenhagen on 5 October 2015.

What is happening in EU competition and maritime law? The most important issues in competition law relating to international shipping and ports are on the agenda when the European Maritime Law Organisation holds their Twenty First Annual Conference. The conference will include an extensive update on topics such as consolidation and cooperation in the container industry, implications for the structure of the industry, antitrust claims and the revised EU Maritime Strategy 2020. A separate session will deal with challenges seen from the shippers’ perspective.

“I am looking forward to hearing Margrethe Vestager give the opening speech at the EMLO conference on the first day of the Danish Maritime Days. She will, in her capacity of EU Commissioner for competition, focus on the competition conditions and the regulatory situation in shipping. Denmark is a leading seafaring nation. The Danish market players operate in the international market and the industry is subject to extensive regulation. Competition law is one of the core issues in the international shipping industry. You could not find a better and more actual way to set the stage for a week where subjects of highly topical interest for the maritime industry will be discussed,” says Peter Appel, who is one of Denmark’s leading maritime lawyers and partner and chairman of the board of directors in the law firm Gorrissen Federspiel. Peter Appel is also a Council Member of the European Maritime Law Organisation (EMLO); the organisation hosting the conference.

Presentations are made by officials from competition authorities and industry experts.

The Twenty First Annual EMLO Conference takes place at the headquarters of the Maersk Group in Copenhagen on 5 October. To learn more about the program please go to:

Maritime Regulation is on the agenda

Maritime Regulation is one of seven themes during Danish Maritime Days 2015. Under this theme, Danish Maritime Days also features a conference at the Danish Shipowners’ Association. Here participants will gain new insights on sustainable shipping and environmental regulation with two separate themes:  ship recycling and sulphur regulation, including effective enforcement.

The Royal Danish Naval Academy and the European Maritime Law Organisation will host a two-day conference focusing on safety and security aspects relating to arctic shipping.

Furthermore, the law firms of Birch Windahl and Sandroos cordially organise an interactive conference that integrates law and business related to maritime transport and offshore operations.

At you can learn more about the calendar of events and how to join.

The European Maritime Law Organisation (EMLO) was established in 1991 to provide a neutral and independent forum for debate and research on issues of interest to those concerned with EU maritime affairs, including both owners and shippers, and the European Commission maritime transport and competition law directorates general. EMLO is an independent body and holds conferences and seminars on all aspects of EU maritime law, ranging from competition and trade to safety and the environment. EMLO holds its main Annual Conference in October/November each year, sometimes in conjunction with local law societies.

Danish Maritime Days is a not-for-profit public-private partnership between Danish Maritime, the Danish Maritime Authority and the Danish Shipowners’ Association. Danish Maritime Days is supported by the A.P. Møller Relief Foundation, the Danish Maritime Fund, D/S Orients Fond // D/S NORDEN, the Hempel Foundation, the Lauritzen Foundation, the Ministry of Business and Growth and the Torm Foundation.

For more information: Torben Vemmelund, Head of Communications, Danish Maritime Days, or +45 2224 1446.

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