European State Aid Law
Lexxion Training Hybrid |
13.09.2021 - 14.09.2021 |
Milan |
Language: English

State Aid Requirements for SGEI

As the link between State Aid Law and the provision of Service of general economic interest (SGEI) causes uncertainty among public authorities as they face a conflict of interests, this Lexxion Training Hybrid helps you to get acquainted with the challenges and pitfalls when applying SGEI rules. Learn how to define a market gap and justifying a PSO. After a thorough introduction to the concept and definition of the SGEI, best practice and expierences from EU Member States, an update on case law relevant for SGEI completes the programme.

The event will take place as a hybrid event, which gives speakers and participants the opportunity to participate face-to-face or online via a live stream. If this is your first online course with Lexxion, here’s a quick guide.

Participants receive a certificate upon participation.

Starting from € 990,- (excl. VAT)

Reservation: You are welcome to reserve your seat, which is financially non-binding. For this, please drop me an email:

Cancellation: The cancellation of participation must be in writing and is possible free of charge up to 14 days before the start of the event. In case of no-show or cancellation later than two weeks before the date of the event, the entire event price plus VAT is due.



This Lexxion Training Online helps clarifying and solving the conflict of interest that public authorities face when dealing with State Aid Law and the provision of SGEI: On the one hand, public bodies are obligated to guarantee the supply of public services. On the other hand, the providers of SGEI may not be overcompensated and competition may not be distorted. Furthermore, each Member State has the discretion to define which services fall under the SGEI, so the same service can be qualified in different way.

Learn when the compensation for SGEI constitutes State aid, when a PSO is justified, how to calculate compensation and get advice from experts from the European Commission, other Member States and private practice.

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 Lexxion Training. All information concerning such problems and cases will be treated confidentially.

Who should participate?

  • The regulations on State Aid for SGEI concerns in particular:
    State Aid Monitoring Offices in the Member States
  • National Ministries and Agencies involved in the regulation and provision of public services, such as: Ministries for:
    • Social Affairs
    • Health
    • Transport
    • Infrastructure
    • Telecommunication
    • Economy and Energy
  • Regional and Communal Governments and City Councils concerned with the provision of social services, health care, public transportation, energy and water supply, waste management and of other public services
  • Companies providing public services both on national and local level
  • Lawyers and consultants specialised in public affairs


A Lexxion Training provides you with a comprehensive overview of the current State aid control system in different sectors. Presentations, practical exercises and group work will enable you to apply the guidelines in the respective sector in practice.

This training will be conducted by renowned experts from EU and Member States’ institutions, as well as leading law firms and consultancies.

Our training method combines the three stages of learning to ensure that 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,
  3. Application of the rules and principles.

Participants will be actively involved in the course. The sessions will combine presentations, case studies and discussion on practical issues. You will have ample opportunities to present your own issues and discuss them with the speakers and participants from other Member States.

Course materials are available for download after the event.

Hybrid Course

The hybrid course by Lexxion Publisher is a new combined event format, which takes place in parallel: face-to-face and online. This new event format offers participants and speakers the opportunity to attend the event live on site or online, depending on the current situation, which gives additional flexibility. Our primary goal is to provide our online participants with the same high-quality experience as participants on-the-spot. For this, we place particular emphasis on interaction. This includes virtual networking during coffee breaks, active participation in discussions and the opportunity to ask questions via chat or microphone.

We take care of your wellbeing

  • Regular cleaning of surfaces and sanitary facilities
  • Sufficient ventilation of event room
  • Recommended hand hygiene
  • Possibility to keep distance between all speakers and participants
  • Recommended mouth and nose protection

Course Material – No need to miss anything!

If you are unable to attend the course you may want to order all the presentations shown during the event. The price is € 199,- (excl. of VAT). If interested, please contact August Andreae.

How to Join the Course Online

Bigmarker is the platform for online participation in this course. In order to join the course online, please check your device compatibility first.

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

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

How do I join the course online?

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

Why do I need to register before the 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 course participants.

Will the 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 course, yes.

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

Can I ask questions during the 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 course I’m attending?
Please enter 15 minutes before the start, so that you have enough time for technical checks. You can only enter if you have passed the system check.

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

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.

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Day 1: Monday, 13 September

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

Registration and Welcome Coffee


Welcome Note by Lexxion and Introduction Round


Concept and Definition of SGEI – Part 1

Provisions on SGEI in the TFEU

  • What is a service of general economic interest and how it may differ from a service of general interest
  • Main characteristics of an SGEI
  • The extent of the discretion of Member States and how to avoid errors in defining
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at Maastricht University; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training

Coffee Break


Concept and Definition of SGEI – Part 2

Recent Developments on SGEI in the Case Law

  • Economic activity and the BUPA case
  • Scope of discretion of a Member State
  • Manifest error
  • Meaning of Art. 106

Short Break


SGEI Package – Part 1

The SGEI Communication & Altmark Criteria

  • Guidance on whether support constitutes state aid
  • General elements of the notion of aid: undertaking, state resources, effect on trade
  • The four Altmark conditions: Entrustment act, parameters of compensation, no overcompensation, efficiency

Lunch Break


SGEI Package Part – 2

The SGEI de minimis Regulation
• Basic principles and formalities
• De minimis and other rules
The SGEI Decision
• Scope, formalities and information requirements
• Rules for compensation (revenues, costs, profit)
The SGEI Framework
• Rules for compensation and efficiency incentives
• In-depth assessment


Coffee Break


Practical Challenges in Funding of SGEI

How to Define the Market Gap and Justify Imposition of a Public Service Obligation

  • SGEI definition in relation to what the market does not supply
  • The importance of a correct SGEI/PSO definition
  • Under which conditions is compensation necessary
  • Identifying eligible costs
  • Permissible amount of compensation
  • Preventing over-compensation and cross-subsidisation

End of Day 1

Day 2: Tuesday, 14 September

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

Welcome Note and Summary of Day 1


SGEI in the Energy Sector

  • How to calculate the PSC (public service contract)
  • How to define SGEI/PSO and the act of entrustment

Coffee Break


Practical Challenges in Funding SGEI continuously

  • Critical issues in the Designing of Altmark-compliant Measures

Lunch Break


SGEI and Social Sector

  • Economic activities vs. non-economic activities in housing and public health sectors
  • Problems and pitfalls with Altmark-compliant PSC

Discussion Round


End of Day 2 and of Lexxion Training


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

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Lexxion Training Hybrid | 13.09.2021 - 14.09.2021 | Milan | Language: English

Do you have any COVID-19 related questions? We are happy to help!
Please contact us via e-mail or call us at +49 30 81 45 06 0.

Participation fees for participation face-to-face in Milan:
Reduced fee for public authorities and full-time academics: € 1.240,- (excl. VAT)
Regular fee: € 1.640,- (excl. VAT)

Participation fees for online participation:
Reduced fee for public authorities and full-time academics: € 990,- (excl. VAT)
Regular fee: € 1.290,- (excl. VAT)

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

22% VAT (Italy) will be added. For online participation the following applies additionally: Customers from other EU countries with a valid VAT ID number will receive an invoice without VAT (reverse charge).

Seating limit
The number of participants in Milan is limited.


Where do you want to participate?
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State Aid Assessment and Evaluation | Milan
Reduced fee for public authorities or academic staff / Reduzierte Teilnahmegebühr für Angehörige einer Behörde oder Hochschule
State Aid Assessment and Evaluation | Milan
Regular fee / Reguläre Teilnahmegebühr
State Aid Assessment and Evaluation | Online
Reduced fee for public authorities or academic staff / Reduzierte Teilnahmegebühr für Angehörige einer Behörde oder Hochschule
State Aid Assessment and Evaluation | Online
Regular fee / Reguläre Teilnahmegebühr

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