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On 1 April 2016, Janssen left Dirkzwager to continue his career at Kneppelhout. As an attorney, he specialises in competition law, state aid, common market organisation in agriculture (CMO) and compliance. Besides his work for Kneppelhout, Janssen is working on his PhD at the Universities of Groningen and Wageningen and doing research into ‘The role of producer organisations in the common agricultural policy’.
Eric Janssen & Kneppelhout
In 1992, Janssen obtained his law degree at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. He started his career at the law firm of A.G.M. Kézér in Helden, and then he joined Dirkzwager in 1999, being a partner for 11 years. Janssen: 'In 2008, I was first confronted with the rules on the common market organisation in agriculture. I gradually became more intrigued by these rules, and ultimately I decided to make my dream come true: obtaining a doctorate. To me, it was very important to combine my research with my legal practice. I want to make a practical contribution to the industry, and that is only possible if you keep on practicing law. Kneppelhout is a good choice, because of their attention for agriculture and the food industry. Moreover, Kneppelhout’s attorneys play in the highest league where it concerns competition law and state aid.'
During his career, Janssen has published several articles regarding competition law, state aid and the common market organisation in agriculture. Last year, one of his articles was published in the renowned Dutch journal ‘Sociaal Economische Wetgeving’ (SEW) in which he explains why it is highly important to producer organisations (also referred to as growers’ associations) to be in control of the market. Janssen: 'the rules are extremely complicated and often are open to interpretation. That is why it is important to do research into the role of producer organisations and the obstacles experienced in playing this role convincingly. The entire industry will benefit from the findings. Producer organisations do not want to violate the rules on the common organisation of markets. Once the rules are clear, the producer organisations can do what they do best: pooling demand and selling the products of their members. Not only is that in the best interests of the producers, it is relevant to the entire Dutch economy.'
Attorney, Of Counsel