European State Aid Law
Intensive Hybrid Course |
24.08.2021 - 27.08.2021 |
Rome |
Language: English

Summer Course on the Concept & Principles of State Aid

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 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.

Participants receive a certificate upon participation.

Starting from € 2.280,- (excl. VAT)

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

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.

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Topics of the Summer Course

Day 1: Concept & Assessment of State Aid

  • Concept and principles of State aid
  • Compatibility of State aid
  • The Market Economy Operator Principle (MEOP)
  • Group work: Does a measure constitute State aid?

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
  • Procedures: Notification & recovery of unlawful State aid
  • Practical session: Procedural rules, Guidelines, GBER

Day 3: SGEI & Main Horizontal Guidelines

  • Concept of Services of general economic interest (SGEI)
  • Specific sectors: SGEI rules incl. case studies
  • Regional aid & practical cases
  • Aid for Research, development and innovation (R&D&I)
  • Environmental and energy aid & practical cases

Day 4: Infrastructure Funding

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

Target Group

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 Structural Funds
  • Managing, Certifying and Audit Authorities, Intermediate bodies
  • Bodies implementing EU funded projects
  • Lawyers and consultants
  • Experts from Public and private banks
  • Academics

Methodology

The four-day intensive course offers the possibility to meet with experts from EU institutions, Member States as well as the private sector. The different perspectives of our experienced trainers will support you in applying complex rules to your practical day-to-day work. To achieve the best results, a mix of learning methods will be applied in the course.

Our approach combines the three stages of learning to ensure that the participants obtain the best possible understanding of the applied rules:

1) Identification of the main rules and principles,
2) Appreciation of the complexities and limitation of the principles,
3) Application of the rules and 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 opportunity to present your own 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 course. All information concerning such problems and cases will be treated confidentially.

We will organise different social activities for our participants on site, during which you will have an opportunity to meet the experts and other participants and to discuss your questions in an informal atmosphere.

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 € 299,- (excl. of VAT). If interested, please contact August Andreae.

Day 1: Tuesday, 24 August | Concept & Assessment of State Aid

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

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, 25 August | State Aid Exemptions: De Minimis & GBER and State Aid Procedures

Chair of the Seminar
Péter Staviczky
State Aid Attaché, Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, Brussels
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?
15:00

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, 26 August | SGEI & Main Horizontal Guidelines

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 efficiency and renewable energy
  • Practical experiences
17:00

Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 3

18:15

Evening event and Common Dinner

Day 4: Friday, 27 August | Infrastructure Funding in Compliance with State Aid

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 Day 4 and the Summer Course

15:15

End of the Summer Course & Distribution of Certificates

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

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Intensive Hybrid Course | 24.08.2021 - 27.08.2021 | Rome | Language: English

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

Participation fees for participation face-to-face in Rome:
Reduced fee for public authorities and full-time academics: € 2.880,- (excl. VAT)
Regular fee: € 3.580,- (excl. VAT)

Participation fees for online participation:
Reduced fee for public authorities and full-time academics: € 2.280,- (excl. VAT)
Regular fee: € 2.980,- (excl. VAT)

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 Rome is limited.

Please contact events@lexxion.eu if technical problems occur during the booking process.

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Summer Course on the Concept & Principles of State Aid | Rome
Reduced fee for public authorities or academic staff / Reduzierte Teilnahmegebühr für Angehörige einer Behörde oder Hochschule
€2.880,00
Summer Course on the Concept & Principles of State Aid | Rome
Regular fee / Reguläre Teilnahmegebühr
€3.580,00
Summer Course on the Concept & Principles of State Aid | online
Reduced fee for public authorities or academic staff / Reduzierte Teilnahmegebühr für Angehörige einer Behörde oder Hochschule
€2.280,00
Summer Course on the Concept & Principles of State Aid | online
Regular fee / Reguläre Teilnahmegebühr
€2.980,00










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