Speakers

Anita VEGTER

Anita VEGTER

Anita VEGTER

Anita Vegter serves on the Board of the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets, where she holds the Consumer portfolio and the Legal Affairs portfolio, as well as responsibility for Corporate Services management (including HR and Finance). Anita Vegter (1965) earned a master’s degree in Dutch law from Tilburg University. Ms. Vegter worked as an attorney in private practice from 1990 until 2005. From 2002 until 2005, she was dean of the Dutch Bar Association in  the city of Arnhem. Ms. Vegter had been a senior judge of the District Court of Amsterdam since 2006, as well as subdistrict-sector chairwoman since 2009. She served as a member of the Governing Board of the District Court, and was acting President of the District Court of Amsterdam from August 2011 to December 2012. From January 1, 2013 until the launch of the Authority for Consumers and Markets, Ms Vegter was a member of the Board of the Netherlands Competition Authority, and she became one of ACM’s three Board members when it was launched on 1 April 2013.

 

Antonio MANCINI

Antonio MANCINI

Antonio MANCINI

·       Antonio Mancini graduated in law in 1986 from University of Naples and became a fully qualified lawyer in 1988.

·       Antonio has developed an extensive experience within the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM -competent both for competition and for consumer protection-) since the first beginning institutional activity in 1991 and in the following positions:

·       Coordination function within the Directorate General for Consumer Protection and senjor official within B Directorate (Credit and TLC); Director of the Credit Directorate (2 years); Director of the Telecommunications Directorate (5 years); Co-Director and official for several years in Consumer Protection Unit; Official in several Competition Directorates.

·       As Director and case handler, Antonio has followed many investigations in the framework of a very wide national enforcement activity especially in consumer protection field. In this enforcement activity he has tried to develop synergies between consumer protection and competition aspects especially for cases of “aggressive commercial practices” based on obstacles to consumers’ rights.

·       He was Member of the National Commission for the evaluation of unfair terms in consumer contracts; member of the Commission for the transposition of the UCP (Unfair Commercial Practices) Directive; national expert in the framework of several EU and international projects.

·       Antonio has been speaker at lectures, seminars, conferences focused on competition and consumer protection and has published several comments and researches in the field of consumer protection.

Before joining the Italian Competition Authority, he was official (for  2 years) in another Authority (Consob: the Italian regulatory Authority competent in the field of capital markets and financial services); legal advisor for an Italian professional Organisation.

 

Ildikó FAZEKAS

Ildikó FAZEKAS

Ildikó FAZEKAS

Ildikó Fazekas graduated from University of Economics Budapest in 1977. She is an economist and an honorary associate professor at Szent István University (Gödöllő) as well as an honorary associate professor at Budapest Business School and an honorary professor at University of Applied Sciences. From 1987 to 1998 she was an associate professor of marketing communications at the Hungarian College for Foreign Trade (now College for Management and Business Studies). From 1996 to 1998 she was the vice president of the Hungarian Advertising Association. She has been the secretary general of the Advertising Self Regulatory Board since 1998. She became the vice chairman of the European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA) and in April 2009 she was elected its Chairman (2009-2013). She is also an author of numerous professional articles as well as a lecturer of professional conferences and training sessions.

István SZENTE

István SZENTE

István SZENTE

István Szente is the Director General of the Hungarian Authority for Consumer Protection since November, 2014. He graduated from Pázmány Péter Catholic University Faculty of Law and has been working in the field of consumer protection since the very beginning of his professional career. After graduation he had started to work at a regional consumer protection inspectorate as legal officer. Having gained significant experience as law enforcer and vested with comprehensive knowledge about the practical side of consumer protection inspections, he moved to the Hungarian Authority for Consumer Protection in 2011 as legal expert. During the years he took care of widening his knowledge on market surveillance and product safety legislation on national and EU level as well. His commitment and interest in market surveillance matters paved the road to be appointed as the Deputy Head of the Department for Market Surveillance, where beside his heavy contribution to the implementation process of EU market surveillance legislation, he started to improve his leadership skills. Now acting as the head of the Hungarian Authority for Consumer Protection he makes profit of his widespread knowledge that had been gained throughout the years spent in the field of consumer protection as enforcer, legal expert and professional leader.

 

Iván FERENCZ

Iván FERENCZ

Iván Ferencz graduated from ELTE University of Budapest, Faculty of Law in 1995. He started his professional career as legal trainee in the company Csemege-Julius Meinl Rt. He became a legal adviser in 1998 and was appointed as chief legal adviser of the Lakáskassza Building Society in the same year. After the merger of the company he took over the position of the chief legal adviser of the mergered Fundamenta-Lakáskassza Building Society in 2003. He has been the member of Management since 2006 and he has been working as a director for law and compliance since 2013. Currently Dr. Ferencz is head of Banking law working group of the Hungarian Lawyers’ Association and he is member of the Arbitration Court on financial and capital market. In 2000, Dr. Ferencz obtained a postgraduate degree in banking law, and in 2009 in European law at the University of Budapest ELTE, Faculty of Law.

 

Katalin CSERES

Katalin CSERES

Katalin CSERES

Katalin Cseres obtained her university degree in law (1999, cum laude) at the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest, Hungary.

In 2004, she obtained her Ph.D. title from the University of Utrecht. Her Ph.D. thesis deals with the topic 'Competition Law and Consumer Protection'. She is an associate professor of law at the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG) and a research fellow of the Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics. At the ACELG she is a co-program leader of the research program 'Compound Constitution(s) of Europe'. She is also  the academic coordinator for the Master programme 'European Competition Law and Regulation'.

Competition law, consumer protection (empowerment) and market regulation are her main fields of interest, where her research focuses on law enforcement and the institutional design of public and private enforcement. She analyses the Europeanization of competition law enforcement in the Central and Eastern European Member States and examines the governance mechanisms that frame the interplay between EU and national law,for example, in the case of the European Competition Network. She also investigates the legal rules concerning the role of consumers in activating competition and regulating markets with emphasis on consumers’ access to justice as a key element of their participation in markets.

Krisztina GRIMM

Krisztina GRIMM

Krisztina GRIMM

Krisztina Grimm graduated ELTE Faculty of Law, after which she started to work at the Hungarian Competition Agency as a case handler mainly working on cases concerning the services sector. She finished her LLM in Munich in the field of regulation of General Terms and Conditions. Upon returning to the HCA she joined the Consumer Section as the senior case handler responsible for the financial sector. She lead numerous cases and also took part in HCA’s work in shaping the new financial regulation in Hungary in the light of the financial crisis. She became Head of the Consumer Section in 2012. She regularly gives speeches on consumer protection at conferences, workshops and seminars and is the author of more than one scolarly articles.

Márk ERDÉLYI

Márk ERDÉLYI

Márk ERDÉLYI

Márk Erdélyi is heading the legal department of Telenor Hungary, and besides being responsible for the legal team he is managing data protection, law enforcement relations and supply chain sustainability. He graduated from law and holds an economist degree. He has over 10 years practice in telecommunications law area, had run his private law firm and founded and led a consumer protection NGO for several years.

Michel CANNARSA

Michel CANNARSA

Michel CANNARSA

Dr. Michel Cannarsa is Dean of the Law School at Lyon Catholic University. He received his PhD from Université Jean Moulin - Lyon 3 and from Turin University in 2003. His areas of research are International and European Law, Commercial Law, Comparative Law, Consumer Law, Law of Obligations and Legal Translation. He is regularly involved in European and International research programs in the area of European Private Law and more particularly EU Consumer Law (e.g. the Uniform Terminology for European Private Law and the Consumer Law Compendium project). He also supervises the English taught international programs of the Law School in the area of International Business, Trade and Investment Law. 

Monika NAMYSŁOWSKA

Monika NAMYSŁOWSKA

Dr. hab. Monika Namysłowska - Assistant professor in the Chair of European Economic Law at the Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Lodz, Poland. Visiting professor in Germany at the University in Regensburg, Georg-August-University in Göttingen, Humboldt-University in Berlin and the University of Münster. Grant holder for the project “Unfair trading practices in the business-to-business relations. Searching for a paradigm of the protection against unfair competition in European Union law and national law” financed by the National Science Centre (Narodowe Centrum Nauki) in Poland. Her research and publications focus on European, Polish and German Economic Law, and particularly on unfair commercial practices and consumer law, advertising law and IT law. Member of the Advisory Board of the President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) in Poland.

Péter ARANYI

Péter ARANYI

Péter ARANYI

Péter Aranyi graduated from University of Debrecen, Faculty of Law. He kicked off his professional career with great enthusiasm and curiosity at the Consumer Protection Department of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour as a consumer protection expert back in 2008. Later he moved to the Ministry for National Economy where he worked for the Department for Commerce and Consumer Protection. Having spent three years at ministerial level he got acquainted himself with the system of Hungarian and EU consumer protection and developed skills in strategy building and institution development, drafting, and stakeholder management. In 2011 he moved to the Hungarian Authority for Consumer Protection to become Deputy Head of the Department for International and Civil Affairs. He is seriously committed to the development of the international relations of the HACP, his continuous work resulted in a widespread international partnership network, effective representation in EU and international consumer protection networks such as ICPEN and CPC Network, and numerous bilateral agreements. Currently, he is the Head of the Strategic Cabinet of HACP taking care of a wide palette of duties ranging from strategic planning through communication and coordination to international affairs.

Péter DARÁK

Péter DARÁK

Péter DARÁK

Péter Darák graduated from University of Pécs, Faculty of Law in 1987. He started his professional career at the County Prosecutor’s office in Zala County (West Hungary), where he became a prosecutor in 1990. Right after the judicial revision of administrative acts had been restored by the Constitutional Court’s decision, he was appointed as a judge and started to hear civil and administrative cases at the local court of Zalaegerszeg. In 2000, he was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of Hungary. In December 2011, the Hungarian Parliament elected him President of the Curia for nine years, with effect from 1st January 2012. Currently Dr. Darák is amongst others member of the Association of Hungarian Administrative Judges, the European Union Forum of Judges for the Environment and the International Association of Tax Judges. He is devoted to university teaching: since 2001, he has been a lecturer at the Financial Law Department of Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Law, as well as he is the program director of a post-graduate training in real estate trade law at Pázmány Péter Catholic University. In 2007, he obtained a PhD in administrative law at the Doctoral School of the University of Pécs.

Tóth Tihamér

Tóth Tihamér

Tihamér Tóth is an associate professor and associate dean at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest, giving lectures in EU, international and Hungarian competition law, public consumer protection law and the law of administrative sanctions for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. He obtained his PhD in 2001 at the University of Szeged. He is chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Competition research Center. He is chief editor of the quarterly Hungarian State Aid Law journal and member of the editorial board of the Competition Mirror, the official journal of the competition authority. He is the author of numerous competition law related books and papers in Hungarian and in English. During the 2015/16 academic year he was teaching and researching at the law schools of Loyola Chicago and Notre Dame as a Fulbright scholar.

His knowledge of competition law stems from his previous engagement with the Hungarian Competition Authority, where he was chairman of the Competition Council of the Hungarian Competition Office from 2003-2009. After graduating from the University of Szeged in 1994 he worked at various ministries preparing Hungary for the EC accession negotiations.

Tihamér Tóth has also been an of-counsel for Réczicza Dentons Europe LLP in Budapest since 2009.

Turi Petra

Turi Petra

Turi Petra

Petra Turi graduated from Faculty of Law, SZTE in 2009 after which she started to work for a Hungarian Law Firm in Szeged and she was given a scholarship to Noerr LLP (Berlin, Germany). She has finished two post-gradute educations (Specialized Legal Studies and Translation in German Law and Specialized Economics studies for lawyers). She finished her LL.M. in the field of European Business Law, during these studies she had the opportunity to acquire further qualification in European Consumer Protection Law.

Her professional career regarding financial sector has been started as legal trainee at the Hungarian Financial Supervisory Authority (HFSA) at the Department of Inspection for Consumer Protection in connection with money and capital markets. She was also involved in the Consumer credit SWEEP, organised by the European Commission in 2011. In 2012 Petra was appointed as a supervisor dealing with consumer protection issues in the insurance sector. Since 2013 she also has been dealing with financial consumer protections pojects in the European Union; she has been member of several committees regarding consumer protection (Committee on Consumer Protection and Financial Innovation of European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority, Cross-selling Sub-group of the Joint Commit-tee’s Sub-Committee on Consumer Protection & Financial Innovation and Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products (PRIIPs) Sub-Group).

 

Veronica MANFREDI

Veronica MANFREDI

Veronica MANFREDI

After her studies in International and EU law in Rome, Kiel, Bruges and Brussels, Veronica Manfredi worked initially for the Italian and European Chambers of Commerce and afterwards, in 1999, she joined the European Commission as a case-handler on State aids.

In 2002 she joined the Cabinet of the then Internal Market Commissioner Frits Bolkestein, where she was mainly in charge with infringements and competition issues, subsequently the Cabinet of Vice-President Siim Kallas working on the Portfolio for Administration, Audit and Anti- Fraud issues (2004-2009 – with main responsibilities for the EC relations with the host countries), followed by Transport (2010-2011 – with main responsibilities for sustainable transport and for passenger rights across all transport modes).
Since 2011, she is the Head of the Consumer and Marketing Law Unit in DG Justice, which oversees the effective implementation of no less than 10 Directives, including the Unfair Commercial Practices and the Misleading and Comparative Advertising Directives, the Consumer Rights Directive, the Directive on Unfair Consumer Contract Terms, the Timeshare Directive and the newly revised Package Travel Directive.
Her Unit has the goal to guarantee an adequate representation of consumer interest within most of the 10 Political Priorities of President Juncker. As a matter of fact, the Unit contributes, directly or indirectly, to the policy work aimed at promoting cross-cutting initiatives such as the Digital Single Market, the Internal Market Strategy and the Circular Economy. Moreover, the Unit provides legal advice for TTIP, the Energy Union and the Capital Markets Union and has established a close cooperation with other International Organizations (i.e. OECD, UNWTO) in order to strengthen EU's global role.