European State Aid Law
Summer Course |
22.09.2020 - 25.09.2020 |
Como |
Language: English

Summer Course: State Aid – Concept, Principles, Exemptions & Guidelines

Our Summer 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.

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Overview

The four-day Summer 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.

Day 1: Concept & Assessment of State Aid

  • Concept and principles of State aid
  • Case studies & group work: Does a measure constitute State aid?
  • Compatibility assessment of State aid
  • Practical exercise: The Market Economy Operator Principle (MEOP)

Day 2: State Aid Exemptions: De Minimis & GBER; Procedures

  • De minimis Regulation
  • General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER)
  • GBER: Best practice for application in Member States
  • State aid procedures: Notification & recovery of unlawful aid
  • Practical session: Procedural rules, Guidelines, GBER – When to notify?

Day 3: SGEI & Main Horizontal Guidelines

  • Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI)
  • Case studies: SGEI rules in different sectors
  • Regional aid & practical cases
  • State aid for R&D&I & practical cases
  • Environmental and energy aid & practical cases

Day 4: Infrastructure Funding in Compliance with State Aid

  • Funding of infrastructure in compliance with State aid
  • Practical exercises and group work on infrastructure funding

Methodology

This Summer Course provides you with a comprehensive overview of the essential State aid regulations and equips you with a practical “toolbox” for the assessment of State aid and design of public measures compatible with the Internal Market.

The participants will be actively involved. The sessions will combine lectures, case studies, practical exercises and interactive 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 countries. Social activities in the evenings provide a perfect opportunity for (informal) networking.

The process of true learning happens in three stages:

  • Identification of the main points or principles
  • Appreciation of the complexities and limitation of the principles, and
  • Application of the principles

Our Training Method combines these three stages of learning to ensure that the participants obtain the best possible understanding of EU rules.  

Who should participate?

  • 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; finance; environment and energy; telecommunication and broadband; social services and health; agriculture; research, development & innovation
  • ESI funds experts from:
    • Institutions coordinating the national strategies for ESI Funds
    • Managing, certifying and audit authorities
    • Intermediate bodies
    • Bodies implementing EU funded projects
  • Lawyers and consultants
  • Experts from public and private banks
  • Academics

Your benefits

  • Become familiar with the concept and principles of 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 and how to apply them
  • Become acquainted with the State procedures concerning the notification procedure and recovery of unlawful aid
  • Increase your knowledge on the main guidelines
  • Make sure you finance infrastructure projects in compliance with State aid rules
  • Apply your updated knowledge in various practical cases and group exercises
  • Exchange with State aid experts from different Member States and enjoy networking at the beautiful Lake Como

Day 1: Tuesday, 22 September | Concept & Assessment of State Aid | 08:30 - 17:45

08:30

Registration & Welcome Coffee

09:00

Welcome Note & Introduction Round

09:30

System and Structure of State Aid Control in the EU

  • Modernisation Initiative
  • Responsibilities of the European Commission, Member States and beneficiaries
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at Maastricht University; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
10:00

Coffee Break & Networking

10:45

Concept and Principles of State Aid

  • The requirements of Art. 107 TFEU
  • The notion of aid
  • The notion of undertaking
  • Economic vs. non-economic activity
  • Determining advantage and selectivity of measures
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at Maastricht University; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
12:30

Lunch Break

13:30

Case Studies & Working Groups Exercise:

Does a Measure Fulfil the Criteria of Art. 107 TFEU and Constitute State Aid?

15:00

Coffee Break & Networking

15:30

Compatibility Assessment of State Aid

  • Is there a need for a subsidy?
  • Appropriateness of State aid measure
  • Funding gap method and market failure
  • Incentive effect and proportionality
  • Avoidance of undue negative effects on competition and trade between Member States
  • Transparency and evaluation

Practical Exercise: The Market Economy Operator
Principle (MEOP)

  • When is a public measure State aid – The notion of advantage
  • The State as economic actor and public authority
  • The MEO test in practice: When and how to apply it?
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at Maastricht University; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
17:30

Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 1

17:45

End of Day 1

19:00

Common Dinner & Networking

Day 2: Wednesday, 23 September | State Aid Exemptions: De Minimis & GBER and State Aid Procedures | 09:00 - 17:45

09:00

De minimis Regulation

  • Application of Regulation 1407/2013
  • Thresholds, gross grant equivalent and cumulation
Péter Staviczky
State Aid Attaché, Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, Brussels

09:30

General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER)

  • The new GBER rules: Common and specific provisions
  • Scope and categories of exempted aid
  • Thresholds, incentive effect, cumulation rules
Péter Staviczky
State Aid Attaché, Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, Brussels

11:00

Coffee Break & Networking

11:30

GBER: Best Practice for Application in Member States

  • Experiences and challenges with the practical application of GBER
  • How to design your project in compliance with GBER rules?
  • Discussion and Q&A
Péter Staviczky
State Aid Attaché, Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, Brussels

13:00

Lunch Break

14:00

State Aid Procedures: Notification & Recovery of Unlawful Aid

  • Notification procedure: The new Regulation 2015/1589
  • What needs to be notified and how?
  • Types of procedures
  • Practical Case: How to Notify a Measure?
  • Non-compliance and recovery of unlawful aid
  • Practical Case: How to Recover Unlawful Aid?
15:30

Coffee Break

16:00

Practical Exercise on a Fictional Case: Procedural Rules, GBER & Notion of Aid – When to Notify?

17:30

Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 2

17:45

End of Day 2

Day 3: Thursday, 24 September | SGEI & Main Horizontal Guidelines | 09:00 - 17:00

09:00

Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI)

  • Concept of SGEI
  • Recent judgements and Commission decisions
  • SGEI Package (2012) and Altmark criteria
  • How to define a market gap?
  • How to calculate compensation?
  • How to notify SGEI aid?
10:30

Coffee Break & Networking

11:00

Case Studies: SGEI Rules in Different Sectors

  • Health and Social Services
  • Social housing
  • Public transport
Péter Staviczky
State Aid Attaché, Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, Brussels

12:30

Lunch Break

13:30

Regional Aid & Practical Cases

  • Guidelines on Regional State aid 2014-2020
  • Regional aid under the GBER – Implications for Member States’ authorities
  • Compatibility measures of regional aid
  • Treatment of SMEs and large investment projects
  • When does a Member State have to notify? Can a Member State withdraw a notification?
14:30

Coffee Break & Networking

15:00

State Aid for R&D&I & Practical Cases

  • The new Framework for State Aid for R&D&I
  • Non-economic research vs economic research
  • Collaboration between research organisations and undertakings
  • GBER rules
  • Practical experience
16:00

Environmental and Energy Aid & Practical Cases

  • Guidelines and Legal framework for energy and environment projects: Scope of application
  • Notifiable energy and environmental aid
  • Specific State aid provisions for energy efficienc and renewable energy
  • Practical experiences
17:00

Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 3

18:15

Evening event and Common Dinner

Day 4: Friday, 25 September | Infrastructure Funding in Compliance with State Aid | 09:00 - 15:15

09:00

Funding of Infrastructure in Compliance with State Aid

  • Infrastructure Funding in regional policy
  • Funding infrastructure after Leipzig/Halle: What are public authorities still al-lowed to finance?
  • MEIP and its application to infrastructure funding
  • Compatibility principles of infrastructure funding
  • The 20% rule of infrastructure funding
10:30

Coffee Break & Networking

11:00

Practical Exercises and Group Work on Infrastructure Funding:

  • Transport infrastructure
  • Financing of airports
  • Research infrastructure
  • Sport and multifunctional recreational infrastructures
  • Public Utilities infrastructure: water, sewerage and waste

Participants will work on cases. The results will be presented and discussed commonly.

13:00

Lunch Break

14:00

Problem-Solving Session and Final Discussion

Discuss your individual cases and questions in full confidentiality

15:00

Summary and Lessons Learnt of the Summer Course

15:15

End of the Summer Course & Distribution of Certificates


*Programme may be subject to change.

Speakers

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

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Péter Staviczky
State Aid Attaché, Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, Brussels

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Venue

Lungo Lario Trieste 16
Como, Italy
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Summer Course | 22.09.2020 - 25.09.2020 | Como | Language: English

Participation Fees
Reduced fee for public authorities: € 2.980,- (excl. VAT)
Regular fee: € 3.580,- (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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Summer Course: State Aid – Concept, Principles, Exemptions & Guidelines
Regular fee / Reguläre Teilnahmegebühr
€3.580,00
Summer Course: State Aid – Concept, Principles, Exemptions & Guidelines
Reduced fee for public authorities / Reduzierte Teilnahmegebühr für Angehörige einer Hochschule/Behörde
€2.980,00

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