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BECCLE International Seminar on Utilities Procurement

June 27, 2019, 11:30 - 15:00


On the 27th of June we will have an international half a day seminar on the “Utilities Procurement” which will be
organized by the Bergen Center for Competition Law & Economics and the Faculty of Law of the University of Bergen.


The event will take place starting from 11.30 and should be finished around 15.00, including a lunch break, at Seminar room 2, of the Law Faculty.


Utilities, such as providers of services as necessary as water, electricity, gas, transportation, and postal services, are entities that may or may not be under the scope of application of the EU/EEA and national public procurement rules when carrying out purchases. Despite of their importance and economic significance, the application of the procurement regime to these type of entities is under discussed, including the particularities of this regime – which is ‘lighter’ than the traditional one but also more prone to negotiation. In this international seminar we aim at stirring the debate on the regulation of utilities procurement with four presentations from international specialists in the field.


Agenda & Speakers:
Location: Seminar room 2, Faculty of Law, UiB – Bergen

Session I: 11.30 to 13.00
– Prof. Patricia Valcárcel Fernández, University of Vigo (Spain) – “Utilities Procurement and Competition: The
Spanish Case”
• Dr. Sune Troels Poulsen, attorney, former associate professor at the University of Copenhagen, “Article 79 of
the Utilities Directive: Relying on the capacities of other entities when applying for qualification for a public contract and for substituting such entities during the tender procedure and under the performance of the contract.”

Lunch break 13.00 to 13.30 

Session II: Exposure to Competition, 13.30 to 15.00

• Rachel Harriet, EFTA Surveillance Authority – “A practical perspective on exemptions under the Utilities
• Dr. Ignacio Herrera Anchustegui, University of Bergen – “Sufficient Exposure to Competition & Energy

In case you would like to attend the seminar, please send an email to Ignacio.herrera-anchustegui@uib.no to
calculate food orders. The seminar is free of charge.







June 27, 2019
11:30 - 15:00
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Ignacio Herrera Anchustegui