Dr. Vincent Verouden is a member of the European Commission’s Recovery & Resilience Task Force, which was set up in July 2020 to coordinate the implementation of the recovery plans across the EU in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis. In this role, he focuses on the areas Energy & Environment, Industry and State aid.
Vincent, a Dutch national, started his professional career at DG Competition in January 2000. In his early years, he worked for the Merger Task Force (MTF). In addition to reviewing individual merger cases, he was also one of the co‐authors of the Commission’s Horizontal Merger Guidelines, published in 2004.
Subsequently, Vincent worked for DG Competition’s Chief Economist Team (CET), serving as Deputy Chief Economist between 2012 and 2014. In his time at the CET, Vincent took a lead role in the development of the Non‐Horizontal Merger Guidelines (2008) and the Commission’s antitrust inquiry into the pharmaceutical sector (2008 ‐ 2009) and related cases. He was also deeply involved in the economic analysis of state aid cases and the development of policy in this field (State Aid Modernisation).
From 2014 until 2019, he was Director of the Brussels’ office of E.CA Economics, an economics consultancy firm. His consulting activities spanned the fields of antitrust, merger control and state aid control. He steered economic consultancy projects both at the EU level and in a number of national jurisdictions (e.g. the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK and Finland). He has testified as an economic expert in court and has acted as a court‐appointed expert.
In 2019‐2020, Vincent worked as an economist and policy officer at the European Commission, in the unit “State Aid ‐‐ Energy and Environment” (DG Competition).
Vincent is a Solvay Fellow at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and teaches at the Brussels School of Competition’s LL.M. programme. He is the author of many publications on competition policy, and a coeditor of the reference book “EU State Aid Control: Law and Economics” (Kluwer, 2017).
Vincent obtained his Ph.D. in economics from Tilburg University in 2001.