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Economist, Competition and State Aid, EFTA Surveillance Authority, ESA

Deadline for application: 04 March 2018

Job summary

The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) is recruiting an Economist for its Competition and State Aid Directorate (CSA).

Location: Brussels


The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) monitors compliance with the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA Agreement) in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, enabling those States to participate in the Internal Market of the European Union.

ESA is an international organisation, independent of the States, which safeguards the rights of individuals and undertakings under the EEA Agreement, ensuring free movement, fair competition and control of state aid.  ESA's work helps remove barriers to trade and open up new opportunities to over 500 million Europeans, creating jobs and growth and adding to the international competitiveness of the States.

CSA is a multi-disciplinary team comprising both economists and lawyers and enforces the competition and state aid rules of the EEA Agreement. These rules largely mirror the competition rules in the EU, both with regard to antitrust and state aid control. In the field of competition, the bigger share of CSA’s work is focused on cases of abuse of dominance. In state aid, CSA’s portfolio is broad and diverse.

The successful candidate will work within a small team co-ordinated by the Chief Economist and will report to the Director of CSA.  They will be responsible for ensuring a high standard of economic reasoning and analysis in the state aid and competition cases dealt with by ESA. 

ESA is looking for a person with a solid academic record and practical experience in the application of financial economics and/or industrial organisation, e.g. in the fulfilment of advisory or analytical functions in state aid and/or competition cases and policy. Knowledge of the application of economics in a regulatory environment, particularly in the field of electronic communications, would also be desirable.

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by eub2 -- last modified 07 February 2018