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60 Years Bundeskartellamt

In 2018 the Bundeskartellamt will celebrate its 60th Anniversary. On this occasion the Bundeskartellamt will host a festive ceremony on 22 February 2018 in the former plenary hall of the German Bundestag in the World Conference Center Bonn.

Registration for the Anniversary Ceremony (only for invited guests)

Invited guests are requested to register online for the Anniversary Ceremony. Click here for link to online registration.


The ceremony is scheduled to last from 9.00 h to approx. 13.00 h, followed by a get together and light refreshment. The working languages of the event will be German and English.

The welcome address will be given by Bettina Limperg, President of the German Federal Court of Justice, who will speak about the Bundeskartellamt’s history, practice and role from the perspective of the courts. This will be followed by an interview on the theme “Competition, consumers, jobs – Who or what do competition authorities protect?”
Our keynote speakers will be Brigitte Zypries, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy and Professor Dieter Kempf, President of the Federation of German Industries (BDI). The keynote speeches will be followed by a panel discussion on the topic “Competition policy in a globalized and digitalized world. Challenges of today and tomorrow”.

The following participants are expected to play an active role in this discussion:

  • Makan Delrahim, Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Johannes Laitenberger, Director-General for Competition, European Commission
  • Dr Frank Montag, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Chairman, Competition Lawyers' Association
  • Isabelle de Silva, President, Autorité de la Concurrence
  • Holger Steltzner, Publisher, German daily FAZ
  • Professor Achim Wambach, Chairman, Monopolies Commission

You may find the programme here


The venue of the anniversary ceremony is

World Conference Center Bonn (WCCB), Platz der Vereinten Nationen 2, 53113 Bonn.

The former plenary hall of the German Bundestag in the WCCB is centrally located in the former government quarter. The 1st July 1999 marked the last parliamentary session in the building, which was only completed in 1992, before the seat of government and parliament moved to Berlin. The former plenary hall offers a unique and truly "parliamentary" atmosphere.

Click here for information on How to get to the WCCB.

Hotel Information

Please note that no special hotel contingent has been reserved for the 60th Anniversary. Should you require accommodation, we recommend the following hotels which are located close to the anniversary venue:

  • Marriott World Conference Hotel, Platz der Vereinten Nationen 4, 53113 Bonn
    close to the venue (3 minutes walk, 230 m)

  • Derag Living Hotel Kanzler, Adenauerallee 148, 53113 Bonn
    Approx. 15 minutes walk (or approx. 10 minutes walk and then tram ride) from anniversary venue

  • Maritim Hotel Bonn, Kurt-Georg-Kiesinger-Allee 1, 53175 Bonn
    Combination of tram ride and walk: approx. 15 minutes; 30 minutes walk in total to anniversary venue

  • Günnewig Hotel Residence by Centro, Kaiserplatz 11, 53113 Bonn
    Combination of tram ride and walk: approx. 15 minutes; about 30 minutes walk in total to anniversary venue

  • AMERON Hotel Königshof, Adenauerallee 9, 53111 Bonn
    Approx. 15 - 20 minutes by bus or tram to anniversary venue