On 23 January 2018 the European Court of Justice issued a preliminary reference ruling, upon request of the Italian Consiglio di Stato, according to which the agreement between the pharmaceutical groups Roche and Novartis designed to reduce the use of Avastin in ophthalmology and to increase the use of Lucentis might constitute a restriction of competition “by object”. SLAC served as the advisor of the consumer organization Altroconsumo throughout the Italian proceedings as well as before the European Court of Justice. The full judgment can be read here whilst a press release of the Court is available here.
On 22 December 2017 Lorenzo Schiano di Pepe has been appointed, by Decree of the Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, to the board of the Italian Agency for Flight Safety (Agenzia Nazionale per la Sicurezza del Volo - ANSV). The relevant press release of the Italian Government can be found here. ANSV is the investigative authority for aviation safety of the Republic of Italy, established pursuant European Community Directive 94/56/EC later replaced by Regulation (EU) No. 996/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 October 2010.