European State Aid Law
Intensive Training | 06.05.2019 - 07.05.2019 | Brussels | Language: English

State Aid Assessment and Evaluation (2019)

Lexxion Brussels

In this 2-day intensive training, our experts will examine the concept of assessment and evaluation of State aid measures and present examples on how to apply various methodologies to your projects.

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Overview

A primary objective of the State Aid Modernisation initiative was to improve the “assessment of genuine market failures, the incentive effect and the negative effects of public interventions”. In addition, the Commission intends to request ex-post “evaluation” of implemented State aid schemes. Due to these new requirements, State aid experts struggle with the application of the evaluation methodologies necessary for the rightful implementation of their measures. The purpose of this seminar is to explain how ex-ante assessment and ex-post evaluation of State aid measures can be effectively achieved with the use of well-established methodologies.

Methodology

You will be actively involved in the training. 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. Do you want to get sure, that our experts will cover the topics most interesting for you? Just send us your cases and questions in advance. We will forward them to our speakers.

Topics

DAY 1

  • Ex-ante Assessment: The Need and Amount of Aid
  • Financial Viability, Use of Financial Indicators and Cost of Capital
  • EU Rules on Ex-post Evaluation andResults
  • Case Studies:
    • Use of Financial Indicators
    • FundingGap Method

DAY 2

  • Evaluation Methodologies
  • Relevant Statistical Techniques
  • Identifying the Right Control Group
  • Case Study:
    • The Experience of the Netherlands
    • Lessons to be Drawn

Target Group

State aid officials from:

  • Ministries and other national authorities
  • State Aid Monitoring Offices
  • Regional governments
  • Communal and city councils involved in granting State aid in sectors such as:
  • Transport and infrastructure
  • Finance
  • Environment and energy
  • Telecommunication and broadband
  • Social services and health
  • Agriculture
  • Employees of National and Regional Development Agencies
  • Lawyers and Consultants specialized in public affairs

Training Material – No need to miss anything!

If you are unable to make it to the training you may want to order a copy of the printed material including the access data to all presentations shown during the event. The price is € 199,- (excl. of VAT). If interested, please contact Enrica Corpace.

Day 1: Monday, 6 May

Chair of the Seminar
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at the University of Maastricht; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
09:00

Welcome note by Lexxion and chair. Introduction of participants

09:15

Introduction: Why Carry Out an Ex-ante Assessment and an Ex-post Evaluation of State Aid?

  • Explanation of the legal requirements
  • Benefits to be derived from proper assessment and evaluation of State aid measures
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at the University of Maastricht; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training

Part 1: Ex-ante Assessment – The Need and Amount of Aid

10:00

Identifiying the Need for and Amount of State Aid

  • Demonstration of the establishment of need for aid
  • Demonstration of the calculation of the minimum necessary amount of aid
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at the University of Maastricht; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
11:00

Coffee break

11:30

Case Study: Funding Gap Method

During this session numerical examples will be used to show how to calculate the funding gap and what mistakes should be avoided.

Phedon Nicolaides Professor at the University of Maastricht; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
12:00

Financial Viability – Use of Financial Indicators and Cost of Capital

These financial calculations have dual purpose. They can prove the absence of aid but they can also prove that the aid is the minimum necessary and therefore proportional.

Nicole Robins
Partner, Oxera, Brussels

13:00

Lunch break

14:00

Case Study: Use of Financial Indicators

  • Demonstration of proper use of financial indicators
  • Mistakes to avoid
Nicole Robins
Partner, Oxera, Brussels

15:00

Coffee break

Part 2: Ex-post Evaluation: Priciples and Record
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Far

15:30

EU Rules on Ex-post Evaluation and Results So Far

  • Review of the main common features of the various methodologies
  • Weaknesses and other issues for which the Commission expressed concern
Penelope Papandropoulos

Coordinator state aid at Chief economist team DG Comp & President of the Association of Competition Economists (ACE)


17:00

Q&A and Summary of Day 1

Day 2: Tuesday, 7 May

Chair of the Seminar
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at the University of Maastricht; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training

Part 3: Evaluation Methodologies

09:30

Defining the Right Methodology for Ex-post Evaluation

  • Presentation of the choices for different methodologies
  • Advantages and disadvantages of the methodologies
Xavier Boutin Founding partner and Consultant leader, Positive Competition,  Brussels
10:30

Coffee break

Part 4: Techniques

11:00

Relevant Statistical Techniques

  • Statistical analysis is indispensable for proper evaluation
  • Review of the main statistical techniques for analysing large amounts of data
Xavier Boutin Founding partner and Consultant leader, Positive Competition,  Brussels
12:00

Lunch break

13:00

Identifying the Right Control Group

How to identify a control group which is as similar as possible to the aid recipients

Xavier Boutin Founding partner and Consultant leader, Positive Competition,  Brussels
14:00

Coffee break

Part 5: Experiences

14:15

Case Study: The Experience of the Netherlands and Lessons to be Drawn

15:00

Part VI: Problem-solving Session

You are invited to send us your questions beforehand to make sure that your particular problems/cases will be addressed during this session.

Phedon Nicolaides Professor at the University of Maastricht; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
17:00

End of the trainign and distribution of Certificates

*Programme might be subject to changes

Speakers

Phedon Nicolaides
Professor at the University of Maastricht; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training

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Nicole Robins
Partner, Oxera, Brussels

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Penelope Papandropoulos

Coordinator state aid at Chief economist team DG Comp & President of the Association of Competition Economists (ACE)


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Xavier Boutin
Founding partner and Consultant leader, Positive Competition,  Brussels

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Venue

Avenue de Tervueren, 153
Brussels, Belgium
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Intensive Training | 06.05.2019 - 07.05.2019 | Brussels | Language English

Participation Fees
Reduced fee for public authorities: € 1.240,- (excl. VAT)
Regular fee: € 1.640,- (excl. VAT)

Discount for European State Aid Law Ouarterly (EStAL) subscribers: € 100,-

The Belgian VAT of 21% will be added.

Seating limit
The number of seats is limited. Registrations will be accepted first come, first served.

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Ticket Type Price Spaces
State Aid Assessment and Evaluation
Regular fee / Reguläre Teilnahmegebühr
€1.640,00
State Aid Assessment and Evaluation
Reduced fee for public authorities / Reduzierte Teilnahmegebühr für Angehörige einer Hochschule/Behörde
€1.240,00

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