European State Aid Law
Interactive Online Course |
20.10.2020 - 21.10.2020 |
Online |
Language: English

State Aid Practice in ESIF Programme and Project Management

The State aid legal framework has considerably changed in the last years offering additional possibilities to ensure compatibility of State aid. As a result, one of the main challenges of ESIF managers is to ensure that expenditures are spent in compliance with EU and national State aid rules. Our interactive practical course offers you the possibility to 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.

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

Starting from € 740,- (excl. VAT)

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Overview

This two-day course focuses on the following topics:

  • Concept of State Aid and Notification
  • Interdependence of State Aid and ESI Funds
  • Practical Exercises on how to Access if your Measure Constitutes State Aid or Not
  • State Aid Exemptions: De minimis, GBER, SGEI
  • GBER and its Application to ESIF
  • Regional Aid
  • Financing Infrastructure in Compliance with State Aid Rules
  • State Aid for Financial Instruments and Risk Finance
  • ESF Working Groups
  • ERDF Working Groups

Who should participate?

  • Experts on ERDF, ESF, CF, EAFRD and EMFF implementing the running Operational Programme and working on the programmes for the programming period 2014 – 2020 in Managing Authorities, Intermediate Bodies, Certifying Authorities, Audit Authorities
  • EU funds experts responsible for the assessment of the funding scheme containing State aid from public authorities such as National ministries implementing and managing Structural Funds, Regional and local governments, City councils, National and Regional Development Agencies, Research institutes
  • Beneficiaries of Structural Funds, in particular from sectors such as Infrastructure, Transport, Research & Development, Urban Development, Environment, Training, Services of General Economic Interest
  • State aid experts from State Aid Monitoring Offices; Ministries of Regional Development, Economy, Infrastructure, Transport, Environment, Agriculture, Research, Finance and Social Services; Regional governments, communities and city councils acting as granting authorities; Lawyers and consultants specialised in public affairs

Methodology

The Lexxion Training Method combines the three stages of learning to ensure that the participants obtain the best possible understanding of EU rules:

1) Identification of the main points or principles;
2) Appreciation of the complexities and limitation of the principles, and
3) Application of the principles.

The participants will be actively involved in the course. 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.

Just send to us your cases and questions in advance! We will forward them to our speakers, who will include your issues in the programme and answer them during the training. All information concerning such problems and cases will be treated confidentially.

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 online@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: Tuesday, 20 October

Chair of the Seminar
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at Maastricht University; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
09:00

Welcome Note by Chair of the Course, Introduction Round

Phedon Nicolaides Professor at Maastricht University; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
09:10

Concept of State Aid and Notification

  • The requirements of Art. 107 & 108 of the TFEU
  • How to identify State aid
  • Notion of undertaking and economic activity
  • State aid resources and imputability
  • Determining advantage and Market Economy Operator Test
  • Determining selectivity of the measure
  • Effect on trade and distortion of competition
  • The measure is State aid – so what?
  • How to notify a measure?
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at Maastricht University; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
10:30

Short Break

11:45

Interdependence of State Aid and ESI Funds

  • When do ESI Funds managers have to be aware of State aid
  • References in ESIF to State aid
  • References in State aid to ESIF
  • How to avoid State aid
  • How to design efficient State aid compliant measures
  • How much State aid may be granted?
  • State aid tasks of the managing authorities
  • Obstacles and pitfalls for ESIF managers
  • Examples of State aid and ERDF/ESF
Péter Staviczky
State Aid Attaché, Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, Brussels

12:00

Virtual Lunch Break

12:45

Brainstorming Exercises on how to Assess if your Measure Constitutes State Aid or Not

  • Is your beneficiary an undertaking?
  • Is it an economic activity?
  • Are State resources involved?
  • Is advantage conferred?
  • Is the measure selective?
  • Does it look like impact on trade?
  • Is there potential to distort competition?

Participants will be offered to analyse real life cases. Using State aid criteria, we will analyse, discuss and decide together if State aid is present in a number of schemes and projects that will be presented.

Phedon Nicolaides Professor at Maastricht University; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
14:00

Short Break

14:15

State Aid Exemptions: De minimis, GBER, SGEI

De minimis Regulation

  • Concept of the De minimis aid
  • Legal framework and scope of de minimis
  • Thresholds and cumulation
  • Exercises on application of the de minimis regulation

General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER)

  • GBER common provisions
  • Scope and categories of exempted aid
  • Thresholds, incentive effect, cumulation rules
  • Publication, reporting and monitoring

Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI)

  • Concept and definition of SGEI
  • Commission´s SGEI Package: SGEI communication, SGEI de minimis regulation, SGEI decision, SGEI framework
  • Critical issues in designing of Altmark-compliant measures
  • Practical application of SGEI
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at Maastricht University; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
Péter Staviczky
State Aid Attaché, Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, Brussels

15:30

End of Day 1

Day 2: Wednesday, 21 October | 09:00 - 15:30

Chair of the Seminar
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at Maastricht University; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
09:00

GBER and its Application to ESIF

GBER specific provisions, which are important to ERDF objectives

  • Aid for broadband infrastructures
  • Aid for local infrastructure
  • Aid for airports and ports
Felix Schulyok

Case Handler at European Commission, DG Competition, Unit 03: State Aid Policy and Case Support


10:00

Short Break

10:15

GBER and its Application to ESIF

GBER specific provisions which are important to ERDF objectives with emphasis on infrastructure such as

  • Broadband infrastructures
  • R&D infrastructures
  • Local infrastructure
  • Energy infrastructures
  • Airports and ports
Felix Schulyok

Case Handler at European Commission, DG Competition, Unit 03: State Aid Policy and Case Support


11:15

Regional Aid Under the GBER – Implications for Member State´s Authorities

  • Guidelines on regional State aid
  • Regional maps
  • When does a member state have to notify?
  • Can a member state withdraw a notification?
  • Recent case law involving regional aid
Péter Staviczky
State Aid Attaché, Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, Brussels

12:30

Virtual Lunch Break

13:15

State Aid for Financial Instruments and Risk Finance

  • Presence of State aid in the area of Financial Instruments
  • Relationship between State aid and EFSI & InvestEU
  • State aid at different levels of Financial Instruments
  • Meaning of “State resources” for Financial Instruments
  • Application of Market Economy Investor Principle (MEIP) for Financial Instruments
  • How to use De Minimis aid to support Financial Instruments?
  • Risk Finance Guidelines and notification procedure for Financial
  • Instruments
  • Case study on Risk Finance investments for SME‘s
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at Maastricht University; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
14:30

State Aid – Recovery after COVID-19 Outbreak

  • Temporary Framework
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at Maastricht University; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
15:00

End of the Interactive Practical Course


*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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Felix Schulyok

Case Handler at European Commission, DG Competition, Unit 03: State Aid Policy and Case Support


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Interactive Online Course | 20.10.2020 - 21.10.2020 | Online | 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: € 50,-

The German VAT of 16% will be added. Customers from other EU countries with a valid VAT ID number receive an invoice without VAT (reverse charge).

 

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Ticket Type Price Spaces
State Aid Practice in ESIF Programme and Project Management
Regular fee / Reguläre Teilnahmegebühr
€990,00
State Aid Practice in ESIF Programme and Project Management
Regular fee incl. 50€ EStAL subscriber Discount / Reguläre Teilnahmegebühr inkl. 50€ EStAL-Aborabatt
€940,00
State Aid Practice in ESIF Programme and Project Management
Reduced fee for public authorities / Reduzierte Teilnahmegebühr für Hochschulen/Behörden
€790,00
State Aid Practice in ESIF Programme and Project Management
Reduced fee for public authorities incl. 50€ EStAL subscriber Discount / Reduzierte Teilnahmegebühr für Hochschulen/Behörden inkl. 50€ EStAL-Aborabatt
€740,00

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