European State Aid Law
Advanced Training | 18.06.2019 - 19.06.2019 | Brussels | Language: English

State Aid for R&D&I Projects

Lexxion Brussels State Aid Research

In the last years the European Commission adopted some rules that should facilitate the granting of aid measures by Member States in support of research, development and innovation (R&D&I) activities.

The R&D&I state aid Framework sets out the rules under which Member States can grant state aid to companies to carry out R&D&I activities. Moreover, the scope of measures that no longer need to be notified to the Commission for prior approval has been widened under the new General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER). These new rules will help Member States reach the targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, while at the same time limiting distortions in the Single Market.

R&D&I projects might suffer from insufficient access to finance (due to asymmetric information) or from coordination problems among firms. Therefore, state aid for R&D&I can be compatible with the internal market where it can be expected to alleviate a market failure in promoting the execution of an important project of common interest.

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Topics

This intensive 2-day training is an advanced training for officials, professionals and beneficiaries who have knowledge of State Aid and are implementing/advising various funding for smart growth projects.

  • Concept and regulatory Framework:
    • EU and Member State support for R&D
    • Concept of State Aid for R&D&I
    • General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) provisions on R&D&I
    • Framework on R&D&I
  • Special sessions on:
    • Non-economic research vs economic research
    • Collaborative research between research organisations and undertakings
    • Identification of market failure and determination of necessity and proportionality of state aid and use of repayable advances
    • Design of claw-back mechanisms in the funding of research infrastructures
  • Case studies from Member States on
    • How to identify innovative SMEs and choose an appropriate funding instruments
    • How to encourage the cooperation between research organisations and undertakings
    • How to  fund research infrastructure
  • Interactive Discussion round and exchange of views

Methodology

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 ensure, 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 who will include your issues the programme and answer them during the training.

All information concerning your problems and cases will be treated confidentially.

Target Group

Lawyers and funding experts responsible for compliance with State aid law of R&D&I projects, working at:

  • State Aid Monitoring Office
  • Departments responsible for R&D&I Funding in the Ministries (of Education, Research, Innovation, technology) and their implementing agencies
  • Departments responsible for R&D&I funding in the regional authorities
  • Managing Authorities and Intermediate bodies responsible for Operational Programmes in the areas of RDI
  • National Research Centres
  • Research centres
  • Universities
  • Clusters and other research associations
  • Lawyers
  • Consultants

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: Tuesday, 18 June | 08:30 - 16:30

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
08:30

Registration and welcome coffee

09:00

Welcome note by Lexxion and Phedon Nicolaides & Tour de table of the participants

09:15

EU Member States´ support for R&D&I

Phedon Nicolaides Professor at the University of Maastricht; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
09:45

Concept of State aid for R&D&I

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

Workshop: Non-Economic Research VS Economic Research

Review of recent cases

Phedon Nicolaides Professor at the University of Maastricht; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
12:30

Lunch break

13:30

General Block Exemption Regulations (GBER) provisions on R&D&I

  • Explanation of the rules and recent changes on R&D&I
  • Definition of research organization
  • Collaborative research
Katarzyna Piechucka - Thom
Case Handler, DG Competition, Unit H2- Access to finance, R&D&I and Environment, European Commission, Brussels

(invited)
14:30

Coffee break

15:00

Framework for State aid for R&D&I projects

  • Explanation of the compatibility principles in the framework
  • Main differences between the Framework and the GBER
  • Use of Art. 19 of the RDI framework versus use of the art. 25-27 GBER
Katarzyna Piechucka - Thom
Case Handler, DG Competition, Unit H2- Access to finance, R&D&I and Environment, European Commission, Brussels

(invited)
16:00

Conclusion and Q&A

16:30

End of Day 1

Day 2: Wednesday, 19 June | 09:00 - 15:30

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

Identification of Market Failure and Determination of Necessity and Proportionality of State Aid and Use of Repayable Advances

Marc Isabelle
Founder and Director of European Economics, PhD in Economics, Paris

(invited)
10:30

Coffee Break

11:00

Design of Claw-back Mechanisms in the Funding of Research Infrastructures: Practical Examples

Practical exercise

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

Lunch Break

13:00

The Experience of France

National case study on:

  • How innovative SMEs are identified choice between different instruments
  • How cooperation between research organisations and undertakings is encouraged
  • How research infrastructure is funded
Marc Isabelle
Founder and Director of European Economics, PhD in Economics, Paris

(invited)
14:30

Coffee Break

15:30

Discussion and Lessons to Take Home

  • How to design an effective measure
  • Factors that determine the choice between notification and use of GBER
  • Exchange of views
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at the University of Maastricht; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
15:30

End of the Training

*Programme may be subject to change.

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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Katarzyna Piechucka - Thom
Case Handler, DG Competition, Unit H2- Access to finance, R&D&I and Environment, European Commission, Brussels

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Marc Isabelle
Founder and Director of European Economics, PhD in Economics, Paris

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Venue

Avenue de Tervueren, 153
Brussels, Belgium
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Advanced Training | 18.06.2019 - 19.06.2019 | 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 Quarterly (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.

Are you a public authority?
Ticket Type Price Spaces
State Aid for R&D&I Projects
Regular fee / Reguläre Teilnahmegebühr
€1.640,00
State Aid for R&D&I Projects
Reduced fee for public authorities / Reduzierte Teilnahmegebühr für Angehörige einer Hochschule/Behörde
€1.240,00

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