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Competition Law in the Aviation Sector
November 2023
Brussels, Belgium

Birthe Panhans
Deputy Head of Unit, DG Competition at European Commission


Birthe Panhans is a Head of Unit at DG COMP’s merger control unit in charge of transport and other services since 2021, having practiced competition law within DG COMP since 2012. Birthe has focussed on merger control throughout her career at DG COMP, first focussing on Basic industries, manufacturing and agriculture, then moving to the policy and coordination unit before focusing on transport and other services. A qualified German lawyer, Birthe also holds an LL.M. in international law as well as a degree in political science. Before joining the European Commission, she worked for the German Ministry for Economic Affairs.

Agenda Sessions

  • European Commission’s Current Priorities in the Aviation Sector