This 3-day Spring Course will give you a comprehensive overview of the essential State aid regulations and provide you with a practical „toolbox“ for assessment of State aid and design of public measures compatible with the Internal Market. Each day, the experts‘ presentations will be enriched by working group exercises, best practices examples and interactive case studies.Download Programme Share
The Lexxion Training Method combines the three stages of learning to ensure that the participants obtain the best possible understanding of EU rules:
1) Identification of the main points or principles;
2) Appreciation of the complexities and limitation of the principles, and
3) Application of the principles.
The participants will be actively involved in the course. The sessions will combine presentations, case studies and discussion on practical problems. You will have ample opportunities to present your own problematic issues and discuss them with the speakers and participants from other Member States.
Just send to us your cases and questions in advance! We will forward them to our speakers, who will include your issues in the programme and answer them during the training. All information concerning such problems and cases will be treated confidentially.
Why should you participate?
- Become familiar with the concept and principles of State aid
- Learn how to determine whether a measure contains State aid
- Learn how to assess the existence of State aid and its compatibility with the internal market
- Receive a detailed insight into the most important State aid exemptions (GBER and de minimis) and learn how to apply them
- Become acquainted with the State procedures concerning the notification procedure and recovery of unlawful aid
- Increase your knowledge on the main horizontal guidelines: Regional Aid, R&D&I, Energy & Environment
- Learn how to apply the Commission’s SGEI Package and what are the critical issues in designing of Altmark-compliant measures
- Apply your updated knowledge in various practical cases and group exercises
- Analyse your problems and discuss your questions with experts from public and private practice
- Exchange with State aid experts from many different Member States and enjoy networking in various social evening activities
Who should participate?
– Public officials from:
- Ministries and other national authorities
- National Competition Authorities
- State Aid Monitoring Offices
- Courts of Auditors
- Regional governments
- Communal and City councils
- National and Regional Development Agencies
involved in granting State aid in sectors such as:
- Transport and infrastructure
- Environment and Energy
- Telecommunication and Broadband
- Social services and health
- Research, Development & Innovation’
– ESI funds experts from:
- Institutions coordinating the national strategies for Structural Funds
- Managing, Certifying and Audit Authorities, Intermediate bodies
- Bodies implementing EU funded projects
– Lawyers and consultants
– Experts from Public and private banks
Course Material – No need to miss anything!
If you are unable to make it to the Spring Course you may want to order a copy of the printed material including the access data to all presentations shown during the events. The price is € 299,- (each, excl. of VAT).
If interested, please contact Gaël Langosch.
Day 1: Wednesday, 27. March | Concept of State Aid & Principles of Compatibility | 08:45 - 18:00
Registration and Welcome Coffee
Welcome and Introduction Round
Concept and Principles of State Aid (including Coffee Break)
- System and structure of State aid
- The requirements of Art. 107 TFEU
- How to identify State aid
- Notion of economic activity and undertaking
- The meaning of State resources
- Selective advantage
- Effect on competition and inter-State trade
Working Groups Exercise: How to Assess if State Aid is Present in your Scheme and/or Project
Principles and Assessment of Compatibility of State Aid
- Necessity and justification of State aid
- Policy objective of common interest
- Existence of a market gap
- Appropriateness of State aid
- Incentive effect and proportionality
The Market Economy Investor Principle (MEIP)
- Purpose of MEIP
- Use of “public” resources for investment purposes
- The aims and time horizon of private investor
- MEIP in practice – how to apply it
- Practical cases
Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 1
Evening Event and Common Dinner
Day 2: Thursday, 28. March | State Aid Exemptions, Main Horizontal Guidelines & State Aid Procedures | 09:00 - 17:45
De minimis Regulation
- Legal basis: Regulation 1407/2013
- Thresholds and cumulation
- Exercise on application of de minimis regulation
General Block Exemption Regulation
- Common and specific provisions
- Scope and categories of exempted aid
- Thresholds, incentive effect, cumulation rules
- Publication, reporting and monitoring
Regional Aid – Rules and Practical Application
- Guidelines on Regional State aid 2014-2020 vs GBER
- Compatibility measures
- Relocation, process innovation and incentive effect
State Aid for R&D&I – Rules and Practical Application
- Framework for R&D&I for
- Non-economic research vs economic research
- Collaboration between research organisations
Energy & Environmental Aid –
Rules and Practical Appli
- Guidelines for energy and environment projects vs GBER
- Notifiable energy and environmental aid
- Specific State aid provisions for energy efficiency and renewable energy
- Practical case
Best practice for Application of GBER and Guidelines in Member States: Discuss your cases and questions!
During this working group we will discuss your individual cases and problems/challenges as well as real-life cases.
State Aid Procedures: Notification & Recovery
- Notification procedure: Regulation 2015/1589
- Procedural rules, GBER & Notion of Aid – When to notify?
- Practical case: How to notify a measure?
- Non-compliance and recovery of unlawful aid
- Practical case: How to recover unlawful aid?
Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 2
Day 3: Friday, 29. March | Services of General Economic Interest & Infrastructure Funding | 09:00 - 16:15
Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI)
- Concept of SGEI
- Recent judgements and Commission decisions
- SGEI Package (2012) and Altmark criteria
- SGEI de minimis Regulation
- How to avoid errors in defining SGEI?
- How to define a market gap?
- How to calculate compensation?
- How to notify SGEI aid?
Application of SGEI in Different Sectors incl.
- Public transport
- Social services and health
- Social security
Infrastructure Funding in Compliance with State Aid & Practical Exercises
- Funding infrastructure after Leipzig/Halle:
- How to be compliant with State aid requirements?
- MEIP and its application to infrastructure funding
- Compatibility principles of infrastructure funding
- The 20% rule of infrastructure funding
Brexit & State Aid
- Impact of Brexit on the Application of State Aid Rules and EU-UK trade
- UK State Aid Regime after Brexit
Problem-Solving Session and Final Discussion
Discuss your individual cases questions in full confidentiality
Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 3
End of the Spring Course and Distribution of Certificates
*Programme may be subject to change