AEA-EAL General Assembly online

General Assembly – confirm your participation

agenda, keynote bio and remaining informations below

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Dear Colleagues, Dear Friends,

This year, due to restrictions imposed by authorities of many countries, as well as necessity to keep social distance, the General Assembly will be organized in a hybrid form on June 25, 2020 at 17.30 (CET). We are delighted to inform you that the Keynote Speaker this year will be Sophie Moonen from DG Competition, European Commission. Sophie will speak on COVID-19 state aid in the air transport sector as the pandemic influences Commission’s approach to the state aid in general, loosening restrictions on how and when state aid may be granted.

In accordance with the provisions of Belgian law governing our Association and particularly the Royal Decree N° 4 of 9 April 2020, only the chair and the secretary of the meeting as well as a scrutineer will be present. Together they will constitute the bureau of the General Assembly which will be responsible for taking note of the votes, verifying them and then drawing up the minutes and signing them. All other members of the Association may be present online in the form of a ZOOM teleconference. The link to the ZOOM platform will be provided in due course.

We invite all of you to take part in our assembly. You may join by zoom platform, which gives the opportunity to meet each other online free of charge. The agenda of the meeting as well as bio of Keynote Speaker Sophie Moonen can be found below.

If any member is unable to take part in the teleconference by ZOOM due to technical problems, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can send you all elements that will enable you to express your vote in writing.

If you wish to give a proxy to be represented by another member of the AEA-EAL, please let us know in advance.

IMPORTANT NOTE: all votings will be in electronic form. To participate in votings, you need to download zoom application (free of charge).

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Board of Directors

The agenda:

17.00 – 19.00 (CET)

1. Opening remarks, technical information
2. Keynote address
3. Items for approval or discussion

A. Items for approval:

– Minutes of the Annual Ordinary General Assembly of the Association held in Edinburgh on 1 June 2019,
– President’s Report for the year 2019
– Treasurer’s Report on the financial year ended 31.12.2019
– Annual accounts as at 31.12.2019,
– Discharge to the directors for exercise of their mandates in 2019
– 2020 budget

B. Items for discussion:

– Information of the President on activities undertaken or planned for 2020
– Miscellaneous

Keynote Speaker
Sophie Moonen

Sophie is Head of Unit (COMP.F.2) in the European Commission, Directorate General for Competition. She practiced law at Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering (Brussels and Washington, D.C. offices) from October 1996 until June 2002. At Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering she had a broad regulatory practice covering trade, antitrust and general matters of European law with a focus in the IT industry and financial services industry. She was also an associate in the Washington D.C. office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius (Trade and Antitrust Section) from August 1995 until May 1996. Ms Moonen has been a member of the NY bar since 1999 and was a member of the Brussels bar until joining the European Commission in 2002. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Liège law school and holds an LL.M. from the University of Michigan law school.

Unit COMP.F.2 deals with state aid in the field of transport in DG COMP’s Directorate F which is in charge of competition policy in the field of transport, post and other services. It covers the aviation, rail and maritime sectors. Working with the Unit gives an opportunity to learn more about state aid policy, to work with many interesting state aid cases in these sectors and to understand how its work links in to the wider effort to make transport markets work better. The Unit is also part of the wider State Aid Network within DG COMP, whose mission it is to develop and enforce state aid policy and rules in all sectors in the EU.

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