European Structural and Investment Funds
Interactive Practical Course | 17.10.2019 - 18.10.2019 | Vienna | Language: English

Interactive Practical Course on State Aid in ESIF Programme and Project Management

Overview

This two-day course focuses on the following topics:

  • Concept of State Aid and Notification
  • Interdependence of State Aid and ESI Funds
  • Practical Exercises on how to Access if your Measure Consti tutes State Aid or Not
  • State Aid Exempti ons: De minimis, GBER, SGEI
  • GBER and its Applicati on to ESIF
  • Regional Aid
  • Financing Infrastructure in Compliance with State Aid Rules
  • State Aid for Financial Instruments and Risk Finance
  • ESF Working Groups
  • ERDF Working Groups

Who should participate?

  • Experts on ERDF, ESF, CF, EAFRD and EMFF implementing the running Operational Programme and working on the programmes for the programming period 20142020 in Managing Authorities,Intermediate Bodies, Certifying Authorities, Audit Authorities
  • EU funds experts responsible for the assessment of the funding scheme containing State aid from public authorities such as National ministries implementing and managing Structural Funds, Regional and local governments, City councils, National and Regional Development Agencies, Research institutes
  • Beneficiaries of Structural Funds, in particular from sectors such as Infrastructure, Transport, Research & Development, Urban Development, Environment, Training, Services of General Economic Interest
  • State aid experts from State Aid Monitoring Offices; Ministries of Regional Development, Economy, Infrastructure, Transport, Environment, Agriculture, Research, Finance and Social Services; Regional governments, communities and city councils acting as granting authorities; Lawyers and consultants specialised in public affairs

Day 1: Thursday, 17 October | 08:00 - 17:30

08:00

Registration & Welcome Coffee

08:30

Welcome Note by Lexxion, Welcome Note by Chair of the Course, Introduction Round

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

Concept of State Aid and Notification

  • The requirements of Art. 107 & 108 of the TFEU
  • How to identify State aid
  • Notion of undertaking and economic activity
  • State aid resources and imputability
  • Determining advantage and Market Economy Operator Test
  • Determining selectivity of the measure
  • Effect on trade and distortion of competition
  • The measure is State aid – so what?
  • How to notify a measure?
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

Interdependence of State Aid and ESI Funds

  • When do ESI Funds managers have to be aware of State aid
  • Institutions to ensure compliance
  • References in ESIF to State aid
  • References in State aid to ESIF
  • How to avoid State aid
  • How to design efficient State aid measures
  • How much State aid may be granted?
  • State aid tasks of the managing authorities
  • Obstacles and pitfalls for ESIF managers
  • Examples of State aid and ERDF/ESF
12:30

Lunch Break

13:30

Brainstorming Exercises on how to Assess if your Measure Constitutes State Aid or Not

  • Is your beneficiary an undertaking?
  • Is it an economic activity?
  • Are State resources involved?
  • Is advantage conferred?
  • Is the measure selective?
  • Does it look like impact on trade?
  • Is there potential to distort competition?

Participants will be offered to analyse real life cases. Basing on State aid criteria and sub-criteria, we will brainstorm, discuss and decide together if State aid is present in the above-mentioned schemes/projects or not.

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

State Aid Exemptions: De minimis, GBER, SGEI

De minimis Regulation

  • Concept of the De minimis aid
  • Legal framework and scope of de minimis
  • Thresholds and cumulation
  • Exercises on application of the de minimis regulation

General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER)

  • GBER common provisions
  • Scope and categories of exempted aid
  • Thresholds, incentive effect, cumulation rules
  • Publication, reporting and monitoring

Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI)

  • Concept and definition of SGEI
  • Commission´s SGEI Package: SGEI communication, SGEI de minimis regulation, SGEI decision, SGEI framework
  • Critical issues in designing of Altmark-compliant measures
  • Practical application of SGEI
17:30

End of Day 1

17:30

Excursion and dinner with all speakers and participants

Day 2: Friday, 18 October | 08:30 - 15:30

Parallel Interactive Sessions

GBER and its Application to ESIF

GBER specific provisions, which are important to ERDF objectives

  • Aid for broadband infrastructures
  • Aid for local infrastructure
  • Aid for airports and ports

GBER specific provisions, which are important to ESF objectives

  • Training Aid
  • Aid for Employment

Coffee Break

Funding Infrastructure in Compliance with State Aid Rules

  • Funding of infrastructures after Leipzig/Halle
  • Analytical Grids and checklists on State aid rules applicable to public funding of infrastructure projects
  • Implications for national and EU Funding: what are public authorities still allowed to finance?
  • Services of General economic interest (SGEI)
  • Infrastructure used for non-commercial purposes
  • State Aid Rules to ESI Funded infrastructure projects in specific fields:
    • Energy infrastructure
    • R&D&i infrastructure
    • Sport and multifunctional recreational infrastructure
    • Public utilities infrastructure: water, sewerage and waste
    • Local local infrastructure
    • Cultural infrastructure

Lunch Break

Parallel Fund Specific Working Group

ESF Working Group

During the ESF working group we will discuss either your individual cases (difficult cases from your day-to-day work) or real-life problematic cases, which were discussed in the national State Aid working groups of different countries.

End of the Interactive Practical Course and Distribution of Certificates

Parallel Interactive Sessions

Regional Aid

  • Regional aid under the GBER
    • Implications for member state´s authorities
  • Guidelines on regional State aid
  • Regional maps
  • When does a member state have to notify?
  • Can a member state withdraw a notification?
  • Recent case law involving regional aid

Coffee Break

State Aid for Financial Instruments and Risk Finance

  • Presence of State aid in the area of Financial Instruments
  • State aid at difference levels of Financial Instruments
  • Meaning of the „State resources“ for Financial Instruments
  • Application of Market Economy Investor Principle (MEIP) for Financial Instruments
  • How to use De Minimis aid to support Financial Instuments?
  • Risk Finance Guidelines and notification procedure for Financial Instruments
  • Case study on Risk Finance investments for SME‘s
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at the University of Maastricht; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training

Lunch Break

Parallel Fund Specific Working Group

ERDF Working Group

During the ERDF working group we will discuss either your individual cases (difficult cases from your day-to-day work) or real-life problematic cases, which were discussed in the national State Aid working groups of different countries.

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

End of the Interactive Practical Course and Distribution of Certificates

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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