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European Banking Union

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Alberto de Gregorio Merino

Alberto de Gregorio Merino is member of the Legal Service of the Council of the European Union. He obtained his law degree at the Universidad de Salamanca (1996), LL.M at the College of Europe (Bruges, 1999).

Alberto de Gregorio Merino has been teaching assistant at the Universidad de Salamanca at the Department of Public Law (1996-1998); he has practiced as lawyer at the bar of Madrid (by the Spanish law firm Cuatrecasas Abogados, 1999-2002); administrator at the European Commission (2002-2005) at the Directorate-General for Trade; he joined afterwards the Council Legal Service.

Within the Council Legal Service, he was in charge of agriculture and fisheries law, up to 2009 when he became responsible of matters related to Economic and Monetary Union as well as financial services. He has in particular provided legal advice to the Council and its preparatory bodies (including, Ad hoc Working Group on Economic Governance, six pack (2010-11) and two pack, (2012-13), High level group on Financial Supervision (European Supervisory Authorities, 2009), on the Single Supervision Mechanism (2013) and on Banking Resolution (2013-14), the Economic and Financial Committee – EFC - and Eurogroup Working Group - EWG). He has also been legal advisor to intergovernmental conferences on Ecofin matters (on the pool of bilateral loans to Greece (2010), on the European Financial Stability Facility (2010), on the European Stability Mechanism (2011-12), on the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance (2012) and on the transfer and mutualisation of contributions to the Single Resolution Fund (2014). He has been representing the Council and the European Council in variours cass before the EU Courts.

He is the author of numerous articles on different aspects of the law of the Union. He has recently published articles concerning the crisis of the euro, the intergovernmental method and the banking union (Legal developments in the Economic and Monetary Union during the debt crisis: the mechanisms of financial assistance", Common Market Law Review, n. 10, 2012, Institutional aspects of variable geometry: special consideration of the intergovernmental method", Studia Diplomatica, n 3, 2013, and "La unión bancaria: comentario editorial", Revista General de Derecho europeo, n 33, 2014).

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Private enforcement and collective redress in European competition law

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Piet Van Nuffel

Piet Van Nuffel is member of the Legal Service of the European Commission; associate professor of European law at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and visiting professor at the College of Europe (Campus Natolin).

He obtained his law degree at the KU Leuven (1991), LL.M. at Harvard Law School (1993) and a Ph.D. in law at the KU Leuven (1999).

Piet Van Nuffel has been research fellow and teaching assistant at the KU Leuven (1993-1999); legal secretary at the General Court (1999-2001); administrator at the European Commission, Directorate-General for Competition (2001-2003) and legal secretary at the Court of Justice of the European Union (2003-2009) before joining the Commission’s Legal Service. Within the legal Service, he has been in charge of competition law and is nowadays dealing with institutional issues. He has been representing the European Commission in various cases before the General Court and the Court of Justice as well as for amicus curiae submissions before national courts.

Piet Van Nuffel published a prize-winning monograph on the legal protection under European law of the Member States’ central and decentralised authorities (De rechtsbescherming van nationale overheden in het Europees recht.- De beleidsruimte van centrale en decentrale overheden tegenover de EG-overheid, Kluwer, 2000) as well as numerous articles and case annotations on various aspects of the institutional and substantive law of the European Union, including the treatises Europees Recht (Intersentia, 4th ed. 2011) and European Union Law  (previously Constitutional Law of the European Union, Sweet & Maxwell, 3rd ed. 2011), co-authored with Koen Lenaerts. He is lecturing at the College of Europe since 2004 and at the KU Leuven since 2008.

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Division of competences and regulatory powers between the EU and the Member States

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María José Martínez Iglesias

María José Martínez Iglesias is the Director for Legislative Affairs in the Legal Service of the European Parliament.

She obtained her law degree at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 1985.

An official at the European Parliament since 1991, her first assignment was to the Regional Affairs Committee, subsequently joining, in 1999,  the Constitutional Affairs Committee, where she was in charge, in particular, of assisting the EP negotiating team at  the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) which led to the Treaty of Nice.

From 2002 to 2003, she was a member of the secretariat of the European Convention which drafted the European Constitution. On returning to Parliament, she was put in charge of assisting the EP negotiating team at the IGC on the Constitutional Treaty.

From January to August of 2014, she was a member of the secretariat of the Committee on Budgets.

From August 2004 until January 2012, she was the Head of Unit of the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament.

During the same period, she was put in charge assisting the EP negotiating team at the IGC leading to the Treaty of Lisbon and was a member of the task-force for the implementation of that Treaty. She was also responsible for assisting the EP negotiating team at the International Conference which drafted the Treaty on Stability, Cooperation and Governance (the Fiscal Compact).

From 2012 to 2014, she was a senior adviser in the cabinet of the President of the European Parliament, in charge of the governing bodies of the Parliament (Conference of Presidents and Bureau) and of legal and institutional affairs. During this period she was also responsible for assisting the EP’s Sherpas on the EMU Governance Consultative Process.

Since May 2014, she has been the Director for Legislative Affairs in the Legal Service of the European Parliament.