European State Aid Law
Interactive Online Course |
02.09.2020 - 03.09.2020 |
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Language: English

Interactive Online Course on State Aid for Research, Development and Innovation Projects (R&D&I)

In the last years the European Commission adopted some 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 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 will 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 firms. 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.

Join from wherever you are – high-quality content delivered to your (home) office. Please check your device compatibility to be ready to attend the webinar. This is your first webinar with Lexxion? Don’t worry, here’s a quick guide.

Participants receive a certificate upon participation.

Starting from € 790,- (excl. VAT)

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Overview

Who should participate?

  • Departments responsible for airports funding in Ministries of Transport and Infrastructure and their implementing agencies
  • Public officials from departments in regions and municipalities dealing with transport and infrastructure
  • Legal departments of airline companies
  • Legal departments of airports
  • State Aid Monitoring Offices
  • Lawyers and consultants

Methodology

An interactive online course by Lexxion Publisher combines presentations, cases studies and discussions on practical problems. All speakers present live via video and audio. Participants are actively involved in the online courses. By offering our participants the possibility to use their microphones and cameras during the whole course, we aim to recreate the atmosphere of a face-to-face Lexxion course. We encourage our participants to ask questions in real time and to take part in live discussions with speakers and other participants. Additionally, we offer breakout sessions, as part of this format, where participants work in smaller groups on real-life cases and exercises. During these exercises, participants have the technical possibility to see other group members and talk to them (using microphone and camera). There are ample opportunities for the participants to present their own problematic issues, discuss and solve them with the speakers and participants from other Member States.

The interactive online course materials are available for download before and after the event.

Bigmarker is our interactive online course platform. In order to join our online course, please check your device compatibility first.

What do you need in order to join the online course?

  • Speakers, Microphone; Camera is possible, if you would like to be seen during the online course.
  • A wired connection is strongly recommended.
  • If your internet connection doesn´t work, you can join the online course by telephone, using a dial-in number. In this case there might be additional telephone costs.

How to join the online course?

  • Choose the computer from which you would like to follow the online course.
  • Please check your device compatibility.
  • As soon as you get the invitation link: Please register for the online course by clicking the invitation link.
  • 15 minutes before the online course: Bring your headphones, click the invitation link, enter and enjoy the online course!

Minimum system requirements are as follows:

  • Operating System: Windows 7 or later; Mac OS X 10.12 or later, Linux.
  • Browser: The most recently-published versions of Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Safari, or Opera.
  • High-speed internet: A consistent, high-speed connection is required. Mobile tethering, hotspots, slow or inconsistent public Wi-Fi networks may create latency when using video conferencing.

FAQ

Why do I need to register before the online course starts?
Thank you for registering! This not only helps us to communicate with you in regard to technical issues but it helps you to network with your fellow online course participants.

Will the online course be recorded?
Please ask the responsible event manager.

Do I need a camera?
It is recommended to have a camera for more comfortable communication with the speakers and other participants.

Do I need a microphone?
Since this is an interactive online course, yes.

Do I need to install anything?
No. We expect you to have a browser.

Can I ask questions during the online course?
Yes, you can ask your questions live by using your microphone. You can speak to all participants at the same time as you may have experienced in Skype.

When can I enter the online course I’m attending?
15 minutes before the start. You only can enter if you have passed the system check.

May I leave the online course and come back later?
Yes, just log in at a later time during the online course.

May I access via Phone?
Yes, you can. Participating via phone means you can listen only. Please keep in mind that you will be dialling a US number which would result in higher telephone costs.

Can’t find invitation?
Please check your spam-folder. You should also ask your colleague from the IT department to ‘whitelist’ us. For more details please ask the corresponding event manager, who will be happy to help you.

I failed the Firewall System Check – what can I do?
Please contact your IT department and have them open the necessary ports, which can be found here.

What are the detailed System requirements?
All requirements can be found here.

I failed the Audio Output System Test – what can I do?
If you are using headphones or external speakers, try unplugging them. Please unmute your device. Test your speakers here to find out if they work.

I would like to participate but I’m waiting for an approval. Can I order a ticket on the day of the online course?
Sure. Please message webinar@lexxion.eu. We need to have a separate testing before the start of the online course.

My email address has changed – can I still participate?
Sure. Please provide us with your updated email adress; you will then receive a new invitation.

How do I contact the host of the online course?
Please contact Hanne Goldbeck.

Day 1: Wednesday, 2 September

Chair of the Seminar
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at Maastricht University; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
10:00

EU and Member States’ support for R&D&I

Phedon Nicolaides Professor at Maastricht University; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
10:30

Concept of State Aid for R&D&I

  • Notion of economic activity and its application to research & universities
  • Aid granted by a Member State or State Resources
  • How to establish whether a measure confers a selective advantage
  • Competition and its effects on trade between the Member States
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at Maastricht University; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
11:45

Non-economic Research vs Economic Research

A case study on separating economic from non-economic activities

Phedon Nicolaides Professor at Maastricht University; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
12:45

Short Break

13:00

General Block Exemption Regulations (GBER) Provisions on R&D&I

  • Explanation of the rules on R&DI
  • Definitions of research organisation
  • Collaborative research
Katarzyna Piechucka-Thom Case Handler, DG Competition, Unit H2 - Access to finance, R&D&I and Environment, European Commission, Brussels
(TBC)
14:00

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
Katarzyna Piechucka-Thom Case Handler, DG Competition, Unit H2 - Access to finance, R&D&I and Environment, European Commission, Brussels
(TBC)
15:00

Q & A Session and End of Day 1

Day 2: Thursday, 3 September

Chair of the Seminar
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at Maastricht University; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
10:00

Identification of Market Failure and Determination of Necessity and Proportionality of State Aid and Use of Repayable Advances

Marc Isabelle
Founder and Director of European Economics, PhD in Economics, Paris

(TBC)
10:00

Design of Claw-back Mechanisms in the Funding of Research Infrastructures

Phedon Nicolaides Professor at Maastricht University; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
10:30

Short Break

12:45

The Experience of France

National Case Studies on: How innovative SMEs are identified – choice between different instruments – how cooperation between research organisations and undertakings is encouraged – how research infrastructure is funded

Marc Isabelle
Founder and Director of European Economics, PhD in Economics, Paris

(TBC)
14:15

Discussion and Lessons to Take Home

  • How to design an effective measure
  • Factors that determine the choice between notification and use of GBER
  • Exchange of views
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at Maastricht University; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
14:30

End of the Interactive Online Course

Speakers

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

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Katarzyna Piechucka-Thom
Case Handler, DG Competition, Unit H2 - Access to finance, R&D&I and Environment, European Commission, Brussels

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Marc Isabelle
Founder and Director of European Economics, PhD in Economics, Paris

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Online-Registration

Interactive Online Course | 02.09.2020 - 03.09.2020 | | Language: English

Participation Fees
Reduced fee for public authorities: € 790,- (excl. VAT)
Regular fee: € 990,- (excl. VAT)

Discount for European State Aid Law Quarterly (EStAL) subscribers: € 100,-

The German VAT of 19% will be added.

Are you a public authority?
Ticket Type Price Spaces
State Aid for R&D&I
Regular fee / Reguläre Teilnahmegebühr
€990,00
State Aid for R&D&I
Reduced fee for public authorities / Reduzierte Teilnahmegebühr für Angehörige einer Hochschule/Behörde
€790,00

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