On the 9th of June, The Bergen Centre for Competition Law and Economics and the Research Group for Natural Resource Law, Environmental Law and Development Law hosted a hybrid seminar on joint purchasing of energy with a special focus on competition law barriers and geopolitical implications of joint purchase of gas.
There is a public debate now regarding the function that joint gas procurement might play in energy procurement in Europe. This calls for clarification on exactly which problem joint procurement should address, which entails the scope of gas contracts that would be considered, economic implications and how implementation might work.
The speakers on the seminar were the following:
- Professor Leigh Hancher, European Law at the University of Tilburg: The joint purchasing options in a moving energy landscape
- Associate Professor Ignacio Herrera Anchustegui, Faculty of Law, University of Bergen:Competition law and joint purchasing of energy
- Professor Lars Sørgard, Norwegian School of Economics and BECCLE: Implications of the decisions for energy markets and Norway
- Partner Monica Syrdal, Hjort law firm: Organizing joint energy purchasing: practical considerations