European State Aid Law
Intensive Summer Course | 20.08.2019 - 23.08.2019 | Como | Language: English

Summer Course: State Aid from A to Z

Lake Como Lexxion

This Summer Course provides you with a comprehensive overview of the essential State aid regulations and equips you with a practical “toolbox” for the assessment of State aid and design of public measures compatible with the Internal Market.

The participants will be actively involved. The sessions will combine lectures, case studies, practical exercises and interactive 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 countries. Social activities in the evenings provide a perfect opportunity for (informal) networking.

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The process of true learning happens in three stages:

  1. Identification of the main points or principles
  2. Appreciation of the complexities and limitation of the principles, and
  3. Application of the principles

 

Our Training Method combines these three stages of learning to ensure that the participants obtain the best possible understanding of EU rules.

 

Your benefits

  • Become familiar with the concept and principles of 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 and 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 guidelines
  • Make sure you finance infrastructure projects in compliance with State aid rules
  • Apply your updated knowledge in various practical cases and group exercises
  • Exchange with State aid experts from different Member States and enjoy networking at the beautiful Lake Como

 

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; finance; environment and energy; telecommunication and broadband; social services and health; agriculture; research, development & innovation

ESI funds experts from:

  • Institutions coordinating the national strategies for ESI Funds
  • Managing, certifying and audit authorities
  • Intermediate bodies
  • Bodies implementing EU funded projects
    as well as:
  • Lawyers and consultants
  • Experts from public and private banks
  • Academics

Day 1: Concept & Assessment of State Aid

  • Concept and principles of State aid
  • Case studies & group work: Does a measure constitute State aid?
  • Compatibility assessment of State aid
  • Practical exercise: The Market Economy Operator Principle (MEOP)

Day 2: State Aid Exemptions: De Minimis & GBER; Procedures

  • De minimis Regulation
  • General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER)
  • GBER: Best practice for application in Member States
  • State aid procedures: Notification & recovery of unlawful aid
  • Practical session: Procedural rules, Guidelines, GBER – When to notify?

Day 3: SGEI & Main Horizontal Guidelines

  • Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI)
  • Case studies: SGEI rules in different sectors
  • Regional aid & practical cases
  • State aid for R&D&I & practical cases
  • Environmental and energy aid & practical cases

Day 4: Infrastructure Funding in Compliance with State Aid

  • Funding of infrastructure in compliance with State aid
  • Practical exercises and group work on infrastructure funding

Participants will receive extensive materials:
All presentations shown during the training (inclusive online access to all presentations after the training) Selection of corresponding journals published by Lexxion Confirmations of participation.

Course 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 events. The price is € 299,- (each, excl. of VAT).

If interested, please contact Gael Langosch.

Day 1: Tuesday, 20. August

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 & Welcome Coffee

09:00

Welcome & Introduction Round

09:30

System and Structure of State Aid Control in the EU

  • Modernisation Initiative
  • Responsibilities of the European Commission, Member States and beneficiaries
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at the University of Maastricht; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
10:15

Coffee Break

10:45

Concept and Principles of State Aid

  • The requirements of Art. 107 TFEU
  • The notion of aid
  • The notion of undertaking
  • Economic vs. non-economic activity
  • Determining advantage and selectivity of measures
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

Case Studies & Working Groups Exercise:

Does a Measure Fulfil the Criteria of Art. 107  TFEU and Constitute State Aid?

Phedon Nicolaides Professor at the University of Maastricht; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
15:00

Coffee Break

15:30

Compatibility Assessment of State Aid

  • Is there a need for a subsidy?
  • Appropriateness of State aid measure
  • Funding gap method and market failure
  • Incentive effect and proportionality
  • Avoidance of undue negative effects on competition and trade between Member States
  • Transparency and evaluation

Practical Exercise: The Market Economy Operator Principle (MEOP)

  • When is a public measure State aid – The notion of advantage
  • The State as economic actor and public authority
  • The MEO test in practice: When and how to apply it?
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at the University of Maastricht; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
17:30

Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 1

17:45

End of Day 1

18:30

Common Dinner and Networking

Day 2: Wednesday, 21. August

Chair of the Seminar
Péter Staviczky
State Aid Attaché, Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, Brussels
09:00

De minimis Regulation

  • Application of Regulation 1407/2013
  • Thresholds, gross grant equivalent and cumulation
09:30

General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER)

  • The new GBER rules: Common and specific provisions
  • Scope and categories of exempted aid
  • Thresholds, incentive effect, cumulation rules
11:00

Coffee Break

11:30

GBER: Best Practice for Application in Member States

  • Experiences and challenges with the practical application of GBER
  • How to design your project in compliance with GBER rules?
  • Discussion and Q&A
Péter Staviczky
State Aid Attaché, Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, Brussels

13:00

Lunch Break

14:00

State Aid Procedures: Notification & Recovery of Unlawful Aid

  • Notification procedure: The new Regulation 2015/1589
  • What needs to be notified and how?
  • Types of procedures
  • Practical Case: How to Notify a Measure?
  • Non-compliance and recovery of unlawful aid
  • Practical Case: How to Recover Unlawful Aid?
15:30

Coffee Break

16:00

Practical Exercise on a Fictional Case: Procedural Rules, GBER & Notion of Aid – When to Notify

17:30

Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 2

17:45

End of Day 2

Day 3: Thursday, 22. August

09:00

Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI)

  • Concept of SGEI
  • Recent judgements and Commission decisions
  • SGEI Package (2012) and Altmark criteria
  • How to define a market gap?
  • How to calculate compensation?
  • How to notify SGEI aid?
10:30

Coffee Break

11:00

Case Studies: SGEI Rules in Different Sectors

  • Health and Social Services
  • Social housing
  • Public transport
Péter Staviczky
State Aid Attaché, Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, Brussels

12:30

Lunch Break

13:30

Regional Aid & Practical Cases

  • Guidelines on Regional State aid 2014-2020
  • Regional aid under the GBER – Implications for Member States’ authorities
  • Compatibility measures of regional aid
  • Treatment of SMEs and large investment projects
  • When does a Member State have to notify? Can a Member State withdraw a notification?
Anita Gyürkés Acting Head of Department, State Aid Monitoring Office, Budapest
14:30

Coffee Break

15:00

State Aid for R&D&I & Practical Cases

  • The new Framework for State Aid for R&D&I
  • Non-economic research vs economic research
  • Collaboration between research organisations and undertakings
  • GBER rules
  • Practical experience
16:00

Environmental and Energy Aid & Practical Cases

  • Guidelines and Legal framework for energy and environment projects: Scope of application
  • Notifiable energy and environmental aid
  • Specific State aid provisions for energy efficiency and renewable energy
  • Practical experiences
17:00

Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 3

17:15

End of Day 3

18:15

Evening event: Boat Tour & Common Dinner

Day 4: Friday, 23. August

09:00

Funding of Infrastructure in Compliance with State Aid

  • Infrastructure Funding in regional policy
  • Funding infrastructure after Leipzig/Halle: What are public authorities still al-lowed to finance?
  • MEIP and its application to infrastructure funding
  • Compatibility principles of infrastructure funding
  • The 20% rule of infrastructure funding
Anita Gyürkés Acting Head of Department, State Aid Monitoring Office, Budapest
10:30

Coffee Break

11:00

Practical Exercises and Group Work on Infrastructure Funding:

  • Transport infrastructure
  • Financing of airports
  • Research infrastructure
  • Sport and multifunctional recreational infrastructures
  • Public Utilities infrastructure: water, sewerage and waste

Participants will work on cases. The results will be presented and discussed commonly.

Anita Gyürkés Acting Head of Department, State Aid Monitoring Office, Budapest
13:00

Lunch Break

14:00

Problem-Solving Session and Final Discussion

Discuss your individual cases and questions in full confidentiality

15:00

Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 4 and the Summer Course

15:15

End of the Summer Course & Distribution of Certificates

*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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Péter Staviczky
State Aid Attaché, Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, Brussels

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Anita Gyürkés
Acting Head of Department, State Aid Monitoring Office, Budapest

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Venue

Lungo Lario Trieste 16
Como, Italy
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Intensive Summer Course | 20.08.2019 - 23.08.2019 | Como | Language English
Are you subscriber of EStAL (European State Aid Law Quarterly)? / Sind Sie Abonnent von EStAL (European State Aid Law Quarterly)?
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Summer Course State Aid from A – Z
Regular fee / Reguläre Teilnahmegebühr
€3.580,00
Summer Course State Aid from A – Z
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€2.980,00

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