The Master Class is a high-level event for officials and professionals who have a good knowledge of State aid or are working on projects that may involve State aid. The purpose of the Master Class is to review important developments in State aid case law and the decisional practice of the European Commission, assess their implications for Member States and public authorities, provide solutions to State aid problems and identify best practices.
- Review and Assessment
On the first day, you receive an expert review of the latest Court rulings and Commission decisions. Seminal judgments and decisions are analysed in depth. The analysis identifies how principles are applied in specific situations, delineates possible exceptions and draws the implications for State aid policies.
- Problem Solving
The second day is devoted to cases and questions submitted by participants. State aid measures, problems and other issues from the daily practice of participants are discussed and difficulties resolved. Participants receive advice on how to improve their State aid measures and ensure their compatibility with the internal market.
- Best Practices
On both days, the innovative format of this advanced small-scale master class enables you to consider wider issues of relevance to officials and practitioners involved in State aid. You can exchange information and experience with professionals from other Member States and discuss how the case law and Commission practice impact on the design of “good” State aid
This course is eligible for Professional Certificate on EU State Aid Law.
Who should participate?
This high-level event is intended for officials and professionals who have good knowledge of State aid or are working on projects that may involve State aid in:
- State aid Monitoring Offices in the Member States
- Ministries and other public authorities involved in granting State aid on national, regional and local level
- National and regional development agencies
- ESI Funds managing bodies, in particular in managing authorities and intermediate bodies
- Law offices and consultancies
- Public and private banks
- Private and public enterprises being State aid beneficiary
The acquaintance with the principles of State aid law and its several regulations is essential for the participation in the experts’ discussion on the recent developments in State aid and their implications for the practice.
Small scale group
The number of seats is limited to 10 participants to enable direct, confidential communication and good interaction within the group.
Participants will be asked to keep the proceedings of the second day confidential.
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
Course Material – No need to miss anything!
If you are unable to make it to the Master Class, 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,- (each, excl. of VAT).
Day 1: Tuesday, 30 June | What is new in State aid & what it means for State aid granting authorities | 09:00 - 17:00
The sessions have a twofold purpose: First, they provide a thorough review of the latest Court rulings, Commission decisions as well as related aspects in the Commission’s Notice on the Notion of Aid. Second, they draw lessons on how the case law and Commission evolving practice impact the design of “good” State aid measures.
Welcome note and introduction round
Concept of State Aid – Recent Judgements and Commission Decisions
(incl. Coffee break)
- The concept of economic activity and undertaking
- How economic activities may be separated from non-economic activities
- Concept of control of resources by the State
- Nature of the advantage that undertakings may obtain from State intervention
- The conditions under which public measure become selective, with special attention to tax measures
- The extent to which cross-border trade and competition may be distorted.
Exceptions for State Aid – Recent Court Rulings and Commission Decisions
(incl. Coffee break)
Analysis of measures approved by the Commission, in the sectors such as:
- Regional investment
- Risk finance
and measures where aid was prohibited, e.g.;
End of Day 1
Day 2: Wednesday, 1 July | Problem-solving: How to improve your own State aid measure and ensure its compatibility with the Internal market | 09:00 - 16:00
The whole day is devoted to the discussion of cases submitted by participants. The lessons drawn from the review of the first day will be used to analyse the problematic aspects of submitted cases and identify possible solutions.
Case Analysis & Advice on possible solutions for the problems raised by participants (inkl. Coffee break)
Case Analysis & Advice
Summary & Closing discussion
End of the Master Class
*Programme may be subject to change.
Cases and Confidentiality
Participants will be required to submit in advance a brief summary of the problem or case they want to present for discussion and advice. For this reason, all information concerning such problems and cases shall be treated confidentially.
Hotel near the venue
Reduced fee for public authorities: € 1.810,- (excl. VAT)
Regular fee: € 2.010,- (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.