European State Aid Law
Spring Course |
22.04.2020 - 24.04.2020 |
Lake Como |
Language: English

Spring Course: Concept & Principles of State Aid

Detailed information will be available soon.

Day 1: Wednesday, 22 April

Day 1: 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


Lunch break


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

Coffee Break


Brexit & State Aid

  • Impact of Brexit on the Application of State Aid Rules and EU-UK trade
  • UK State Aid Regime after Brexit

End of Day 1

Day 2: Thursday, 23 April

Day 2: 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

Coffee break


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
    and undertakings

Lunch break


Energy & Environmental Aid –
Rules and Practical Application


Coffee break


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

Day 3: 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?

Coffee break


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

Lunch break


Problem-Solving Session and Final Discussion

Discuss your individual cases questions in full confidentiality


Q & A Session


End of Day 3



Exclusive Venue at Lake Como

Lake Como, Italy
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Spring Course | 22.04.2020 - 24.04.2020 | Lake Como | Language: English

Participation Fees
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.

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

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