Our Spring Course will give you a comprehensive overview of the essential State aid regulations and provide you with a practical “toolbox” for assessment of State aid and design of public measures compatible with the Internal Market. Each day, the experts’ presentations will be enriched by working group exercises, best practices examples and interactive case studies.Download Programme Share
The three-day Spring Course offers the possibility to meet and exchange with experts from EU institutions, Member States as well as the private sector. The different perspectives of our experienced trainers will support to apply the complex rules to real cases. A mix of learning methods will be applied in the course to achieve the best results.
The Lexxion Training Method combines the three stages of learning to ensure that the participants obtain the best possible understanding of EU rules:
- Identification of the main points or principles;
- Appreciation of the complexities and limitation of the principles, and
- Application of the principles.
The participants will be actively involved in the course. The sessions will combine presentations, case studies and discussion on practical problems. You will have an unique opportunity to present your own problematic issues and discuss them with the speakers and participants from other Member States.
This course is eligible for Professional Certificate on EU State Aid Law.
Just send 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 such problems and cases will be treated confidentially.
This three-day Course will focuses on the following topics:
- Become familiar with the concept and principles of State aid
- Learn how to determine whether a measure contains 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 (GBER and de minimis) and learn how to apply them
- Become acquainted with the State procedures concerning the notification procedure and recovery of unlawful aid
- Learn how to apply the Commission’s SGEI Package and what are the critical issues in designing Altmark-compliant measures
- Analyse your problems and discuss your questions with experts from public and private practice
- Exchange with State aid experts from many different Member States and enjoy networking in a social evening event
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
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
- Environment and Energy
- Telecommunication and Broadband
- Social services and health
- Research, Development & Innovation
ESI funds experts from:
- Institutions coordinating the national
strategies for Structural Funds
- Managing, Certifying and Audit Authorities, Intermediate bodies
- Bodies implementing EU funded projects
- Lawyers and consultants
- Experts from Public and private banks
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).
Day 1: Wednesday, 22 April | Concept of State Aid & Principles of Compatibility
Registration & Welcome Coffee
Welcome note and introduction round
Concept and Principles of State Aid
(including Coffee break)
- System and structure of State aid
- The requirements of Art. 107 TFEU
- How to identify State aid
- Notion of economic activity and undertaking
- The meaning of State resources
- Selective advantage
- Effect on competition and inter-State trade
Working Groups Exercise:
How to Assess if State Aid is Present in your Scheme and/or Project
Principles and Assessment of State Aid Compatibility
- Necessity and justification of State aid
- Policy objective of common interest
- Existence of a market gap
- Appropriateness of State aid
- Incentive effect and proportionality
The Market Economy Investor Principle (MEIP)
- Purpose of MEIP
- Use of “public” resources for investment purposes
- The aims and time horizon of private investor
- MEIP in practice – how to apply it
- Practical cases
Brexit & State Aid
- Impact of Brexit on the Application of State Aid Rules and EU-UK trade
- UK State Aid Regime after Brexit
Case Study of Greece
End of Day 1
Day 2: Thursday, 23 April | State Aid Exemptions, Main Horizontal Guidelines & State Aid Procedures
De minimis Regulation
- Legal basis: Regulation 1407/2013
- Thresholds and cumulation
- Exercise on application of de minimis regulation
General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER)
- Common and specific provisions
- Scope and categories of exempted aid
- Thresholds, incentive effect, cumulation rules
- Publication, reporting and monitoring
Regional Aid – Rules and Practical Application
- Guidelines on Regional State aid 2014-2020 vs GBER
- Compatibility measures
- Relocation, process innovation and incentive effect
State Aid for R&D&I – Rules and Practical Application
- Framework for R&D&I vs GBER rules and IPCEI
- Non-economic research vs economic research
- Collaboration between research organisations
Energy & Environmental Aid –
Rules and Practical Application
Best practice for Application of GBER and Guidelines in Member States: Discuss your cases and questions!
During this working group we will discuss your individual cases and problems/challenges as well as real-life cases.
State Aid Procedures: Notification & Recovery
- Notification procedure: Regulation 2015/1589
- Procedural rules, GBER & Notion of Aid – When to notify?
- Non-compliance and recovery of unlawful aid
End of Day 2
Day 3: Friday, 24 April | Services of General Economic Interest & Infrastructure Funding
Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI)
- Concept of SGEI
- Recent judgements and Commission decisions
- SGEI Package (2012) and Altmark criteria
- SGEI de minimis Regulation
- How to avoid errors in defining SGEI?
- How to define a market gap?
- How to calculate compensation?
- How to notify SGEI aid?
Application of SGEI in Different Sectors incl. Case Studies
- Public transport
- Social services and health
- Social security
Infrastructure Funding in Compliance with State Aid & Practical Exercises
- Funding infrastructure after Leipzig/Halle:
- How to be compliant with State aid requirements?
- MEIP and its application to infrastructure funding
- Compatibility principles of infrastructure funding
- The 20% rule of infrastructure funding
Problem-Solving Session and Final Discussion
Discuss your individual cases questions in full confidentiality
Q & A Session
End of Day 3
*Programme may be subject to change.
Reduced fee for public authorities: € 2.650,- (excl. VAT)
Regular fee: € 3.150,- (excl. VAT)
Discount for European State Aid Law Quarterly (EStAL) subscribers: € 100,-
The Italian VAT of 22% will be added.
The number of seats is limited. Registrations will be accepted first come, first served.