In the last years the European Commission adopted a set of rules that should facilitate the granting of aid measures by Member States in support of research, development and innovation (R&D&I) activities.
The R&D&I State aid Framework sets out the rules under which Member States can grant State aid to companies and institutions to carry out R&D&I activities. Moreover, the scope of measures that no longer need to be notified to the Commission for prior approval has been widened under the new General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER). These new rules help Member States reach the targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, while at the same time limiting distortions in the Single Market.
R&D&I projects might suffer from insufficient access to finance (due to asymmetric information) or from coordination problems among actors involved. Therefore, State aid for R&D&I can be compatible with the internal market where it can be expected to alleviate a market failure in promoting the execution of an important project of common interest.
This course is eligible for Professional Certificate on EU State Aid Law.
Intensive 2-day advanced training for officials, professionals and funding beneficiaries who have knowledge of State Aid and are involved in smart growth and research projects.
- Concept of State Aid & R&D&I:
- EU and Member State support for R&D
- Non-economic vs economic research
- Regulatory Framework:
- General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) Provisions on R&D&I
- Framework for State Aid for R&D&I
- Specialized Topics:
- Organisations and Undertakings
- Identification of Market Failure and Determination of Necessity and Proportionality of State Aid and Use of Repayable Advances
- Design of Claw-back Mechanisms in the Funding of Research Infrastructures
Who should participate?
Lawyers and funding experts responsible for compliance with State aid law of R&D&I projects, working at:
- State Aid Monitoring Office
- Departments responsible for R&D&I funding in the Ministries of Education, Research, Innovation and Technology and their implementing agencies
- Departments responsible for R&D&I funding in the regional authorities
- Managing Authorities and Intermediate Bodies involved in Operational programmes for R&D&I
- National research institutes and agencies for Research, Innovation, Development and Competiveness
- Research centers
- Companies conducting R&D&I projects benefitting from public funding
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.
Do you want to ensure, that our experts will cover the topics most interesting for you? Just send us your cases and questions in advance. We will forward them to our speakers who will include your issues the programme and answer them during the training.
All information concerning your problems and cases will be treated confidentially.
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
Training 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 event. The price is € 199,- (excl. of VAT). If interested, please contact Zrinka Mozara.
Day 1: Tuesday, 12 May
Registration & Welcome Coffee
Welcome and introduction round
EU and Member States’ support for R&D
Concept of State Aid for R&D&I
- Types of State Aid
- Aid granted by a Member State or State Resources
- The concept of economic and non-economic activity
- How to establish whether a measure is selectivity
- Competition and its effects on trade between the Member States
Non-economic Research vs Economic Research
General Block Exemption Regulations (GBER) provisions on R&D&I
- Explanation of the rules on R&DI
- Definitions of research organisation
- Collaborative research
Framework for State Aid for R&D&I projects
- Explanation of the compatibility principles in the Framework
- Main differences between the Framework and the GBER
- Use of Art. 19 of the R&D&I Framework versus use of Art. 25-27 GBER
Q & A Session
End of Day 1
Day 2: Wednesday, 13 May
Identification of Market Failure and Determination of Necessity and Proportionality of State Aid and Use of Repayable Advances
Design of Claw-back Mechanisms in the Funding of Research Infrastructures
National Case Study – Polish Experience
- How innovative SMEs are identified; choice between different instruments
- How cooperation between research organisations and undertakings is encouraged
- How research infrastructure is funded
- How to design an effective measure
- Factors that determine the choice between notification and use of GBER
- Exchange of views
End of training and distribution of certificates
Hotel near the venue
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 Belgian VAT of 21% will be added.
The number of seats is limited. Registrations will be accepted first come, first served.