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Mr. Van Erps (Belgium, 1963) has been with the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission since 1991. During his first 7 years in DG Competition he worked in the antitrust unit dealing with the pharmaceutical, agriculture and consumer good sectors. Thereafter, he joined for almost 3 years the so-called Merger Task Force. From 2001 to 2004, he returned to his original antitrust sectoral unit and became a Deputy Head of Unit.
After a brief spell at the Energy Unit in early 2005, he worked for almost 10 years as a Head of Unit in the Cartels Directorate where he managed several international cartel investigations as well as the Forensic IT and the Inability to Pay teams.
From October 2014 until March 2017, he was the Head of the Antitrust: Pharma and Health Services unit. In that time, new ex officio investigations, including an excessive pricing case, were developed and a 'pay for delay' investigation brought forward.
In April 2017, Dirk opted-out of management and returned to the Cartel Directorate as a Senior Expert. In October 2017, he was appointed as an Adviser to the Deputy Director General for Antitrust and Cartels.
Dirk Van Erps is a lawyer by education. He obtained a law degree at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium in 1986. In 1987 he obtained an LL.M. degree in European law from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.