Mr. Sakkers (Netherlands, 1965) has been with the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission since 1997. During his first 3½ years in DG Competition he worked in the so-called Merger Task Force. From 2001 he worked in the area of antitrust enforcement in DG Competition, where was a Head of Unit in the Cartels Directorate. Since July 2010 he is Head of Unit of the European Competition Network in the Policy and Strategy Directorate.
Prior to joining the Competition DG, Mr. Sakkers worked in the trade policy department of the European Commission, on anti-dumping and anti-subsidy issues, where he started in 1993. Before that, he was in-house legal counsel with KPN, the Dutch telecommunications company.
Ewoud Sakkers is a lawyer by education. After spending an initial year of (undergraduate) university education in the U.S., Mr. Sakkers obtained a law degree at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands in 1990, where he specialised in Dutch civil and European law. In 1991 he obtained an LLM degree in European law from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. His publications include a major chapter on cartels (389 pages) with F. Arbault in Faull and Nikpay Eds, The EC law of Competition. (Oxford University Press, 2007) He is also co-author with J. Ysewyn of the looseleaf European Cartel Digest, with Kluwer Law International (2008). He is visiting professor for the LL.M programme of Brussels School of Competition.