European State Aid Law
Intensive Training | 23.09.2019 - 24.09.2019 | Venice | Language: English

Fundamentals of State Aid Law (2019)

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Intensive Training for Beginners

The training covers all topics that you need for the start in the State aid field. Our experts will give you an overview on:

  • Structure of the system of State aid control and obligations of all parties involved
  • Concept of State aid and its application in the practice
  • De minimis aid and State aid exemptions
  • Practical application of the GBER
  • Notification of State aid cases to the European Commission
  • Assessment of compatibility of aid by the European Commission
  • Recovery of incompatible aid
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Overview

The two-day training focuses on the following topics:

  • Structure of the system of State aid control and obligations of all parties involved
  • Concept of State aid and its application in practice
  • De minimis aid and State aid exemptions
  • Practical application of the GBER (incl. case studies on culture or heritage conservation and audio-visual works)
  • Notification of State aid cases to the European Commission
  • Assessment of compatibility of aid by the European Commission
  • Recovery of incompatible aid

Benefits of Attendance

  • Learn more about the concept of State aid and its general prohibition under EU treaty rules
  • Find out how to assess the existence of State aid in your funding measures
  • Get a detailed overview of the most important State aid exemptions and learn how to implement them in the practice
  • Make sure that your projects and funding schemes are designed in compliance with State aid rules
  • Gain an insight into the methods of assessment and handling the State aid cases by the DG Competition
  • Get acquainted with all the procedures relevant for State aid notification
  • Learn how to recover incompatible State aid from third parties and what the consequences of a recovery failure are
  • Analyse your problems and discuss your questions with acknowledged experts

Methodology

The participants 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.

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 your problems and cases will be treated confidentially.

Who should participate?

1) Public officials from:

  • Ministries and other national authorities
  • 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

2) New employees in the State Aid Monitoring Offices

3) ESI Funds Experts from:

  • Institutions coordinating the national strategies for ESI Funds
  • Managing, Certifying and Audit Authorities
  • Intermediate bodies
  • Bodies implementing EU funded projects

4) Employees of National and Regional Development Agencies 

5) Lawyers and consultants specialised in public affairs

Day 1: Monday, 23 September | 09:00 - 17:15

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 & Introduction of participants

Phedon Nicolaides Professor at the University of Maastricht; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
09:30

Structure of the System of State aid Control

  • Sources of law
  • Powers of European Commission
  • Obligations of the Member States
  • State Aid Modernisation Initiative
  • Judicial review
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at the University of Maastricht; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
10:30

Coffee Break

11:00

Concept of State Aid and Article 107 TFEU

  • The meaning of aid granted by a Member State or State Resources
  • The concept of economic and non-economic activity
  • How to determine advantage to certain undertakings or production of certain goods
  • How to establish whether a measure is selectivity
  • The meaning of distortion of competition and effect of trade between the Member States
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at the University of Maastricht; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
12:30

Lunch

13:30

Group Exercise on the Concept of State Aid

  • Application of the Criteria of Art. 107 TFEU to the Aid Measures
  • Interactive discussion on findings
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at the University of Maastricht; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
14:30

State Aid Assessment: Principles of Compatibility

  • Exceptions
  • Options for public authorities & type of assessment
  • Assessment by commission
  • General principles of exemption
  • Common assessment principles
  • Typical reasons for finding incompatibility
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at the University of Maastricht; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
15:15

State Aid Exemption: De minimis Aid

  • Notion of de minimis aid
  • Notion of single undertaking
  • Advantages of de minimis aid
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at the University of Maastricht; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
15:45

Coffee Break

16:00

State Aid for Environmental Protection and Energy

  • Environmental and Energy State Aid Guidelines (EEAG)
  • The General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER)
  • Energy transition and State aid
Juliette Delarue Lawyer - Energy Programme, ClientEarth, Brussels
16:30

Case Study on Green Energy

  • Interactive discussion on green energy
Juliette Delarue Lawyer - Energy Programme, ClientEarth, Brussels
17:15

Q&A and Summary of Day 1

Day 2: Tuesday, 24 September | 09:00 - 17:00

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

The General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) in Practice:
Common & Specific Provisions

09:00

State Aid Exemption: General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) – Common Provisions

  • Legal background
  • State aid modernization
  • Regulatory framework under the SAM
  • Scope of the GBER
Péter Staviczky
State Aid Attaché, Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, Brussels

10:00

State Aid Exemption: The General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) – Specific Provisions

  • Training aid
  • Employment aid
  • Aid for broadband infrastructures
  • Aid for local infrastructure
Péter Staviczky
State Aid Attaché, Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, Brussels

10:45

Coffee Break

Practical Application of GBER

11:15

Case Study: How to Design Projects Compliant with GBER?

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

12:00

Modification of the GBER?

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

12:45

Lunch

State Aid Exemption: Main Horizontal Guidelines

13:45

Regional State aid

  • Regional development: GBER and guidelines
  • Reconciling completion and cohesion
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at the University of Maastricht; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
14:15

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
15:00

Coffee Break

15:15

State Aid Notification & State Aid Recovery

  • Legal background and main procedural rules
  • New rules from 2013
  • Rule of EU and national courts in State aid matters
  • Role and rights of third parties
Péter Staviczky
State Aid Attaché, Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, Brussels

16:15

Problem Solving Session

Round-table discussion on the important lessons to be drawn from the training and the typical mistakes to avoid

17:00

End of the training and Distribution of your 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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Juliette Delarue
Lawyer - Energy Programme, ClientEarth, Brussels

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

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Venue

Exclusive Venue in the Centre of Venice

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Venice, Italy
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Intensive Training | 23.09.2019 - 24.09.2019 | Venice | 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 Italian VAT of 22% will be added where applicable.

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

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Fundamentals of State Aid Law
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€1.640,00
Fundamentals of State Aid Law
Reduced fee for public authorities / Reduzierter Preis für Angehörige einer Hochschule/Behörde
€1.240,00

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