European State Aid Law
Hybrid Summer Course |
23.08.2022 - 26.08.2022 |
Nice |
Language: English

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

Join us in Nice for an intensive four-day Summer course! Our renowned experts will give you a comprehensive overview of the essential State aid regulations and provide you with a practical “toolbox“ to assess State aid and design public measures compatible with the internal market. Each day, the experts‘ presentations will be enriched by best practice examples and interactive case studies.

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.

Starting from € 2.280,- (excl. VAT)

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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

Course Material – No need to miss anything!

If you were unable to make it to the workshop you may want to order a copy of the printed material including the access data to all presentations shown during the event. The price is 299€ (excl. of VAT). If interested, please contact Laura Gardes.

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, we employ a mixture of learning methods.

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 to download after the event.

Day 1: Concept & Assessment of State Aid
Chair of the Seminar
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at Maastricht University; Professor at University of Nicosia, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training

Registration & Welcome Coffee

Welcome Note & Introduction Round

System and Structure of State Aid Control in the EU

  • Statistics on state aid
  • Responsibilities of the European Commission, Member States and beneficiaries

 

Phedon Nicolaides Professor at Maastricht University; Professor at University of Nicosia, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training

Coffee Break & Networking

 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
  • Impact on trade and competition
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at Maastricht University; Professor at University of Nicosia, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training

Lunch Break

Case Studies & Working Groups Exercise

Phedon Nicolaides Professor at Maastricht University; Professor at University of Nicosia, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training

Coffee Break & Networking

Compatibility Assessment of State Aid

•Is there a need for a subsidy?

•Appropriateness of State aid measure

•Funding gap method and market failure

•Inctive 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; Professor at University of Nicosia, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training

Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 1

End of Day 1

Common Dinner & Networking

Day 2: 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

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

General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER)

  • The 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

Coffee Break & Networking

 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

Lunch Break

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

Coffee Break

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

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

Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 2

End of Day 2

Evening event & Common Dinner

Day 3: SGEI & Main Horizontal Guidelines
Chair of the Seminar
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at Maastricht University; Professor at University of Nicosia, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training

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?
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at Maastricht University; Professor at University of Nicosia, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training

Coffee Break & Networking

 Case Studies: SGEI Rules in Different Sectors

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

Lunch Break

State Aid for R&D&I & Practical Cases

  • The Framework for State Aid for R&D&I
  • Non-economic research vs economic research
  • Collaboration between Research Organisations and undertakings
  • GBER rules
  • Practical experience
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at Maastricht University; Professor at University of Nicosia, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training

Coffee Break & Networking

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

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?
Anita Gyürkés Head of Department, State Aid Monitoring Office, Budapest

Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 3

Day 4: Infrastructure Funding in Compliance with State Aid
Chair of the Seminar
Anita Gyürkés Head of Department, State Aid Monitoring Office, Budapest

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
Anita Gyürkés Head of Department, State Aid Monitoring Office, Budapest

Coffee Break & Networking

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

Lunch Break

Problem-Solving Session and Final Discussion

Discuss your individual cases and questions in full confidentiality

Anita Gyürkés Head of Department, State Aid Monitoring Office, Budapest

Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 4 and the Summer Course

End of the Summer Course & Distribution of Certificates

Speakers

Phedon Nicolaides
Professor at Maastricht University; Professor at University of Nicosia, 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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Anita Gyürkés
Head of Department, State Aid Monitoring Office, Budapest

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Venue

Exclusive Venue in the Centre of Nice

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Nice, France
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Hybrid Summer Course | 23.08.2022 - 26.08.2022 | Nice | Language: English

Participation fees for participation in Nice:
Reduced fee for public authorities and full-time academics: € 2.980,- (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: € 2.880,- (excl. VAT)

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

VAT will be added if applicable.

Seating limit
The number of participants in Nice is limited.

Please contact events@lexxion.eu if you have technical problems with the booking. 

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Summer Course: State Aid – Concept, Principles, Exemptions & Guidelines | Nice
Regular fee / Regulärer Preis
€3.580,00
Summer Course: State Aid – Concept, Principles, Exemptions & Guidelines | Nice
Reduced fee for public authorities / Reduzierter Preis für Angehörige einer Hochschule/Behörde
€2.980,00
Summer Course: State Aid – Concept, Principles, Exemptions & Guidelines | Online
Regular fee / Regulärer Preis
€2.880,00
Summer Course: State Aid – Concept, Principles, Exemptions & Guidelines | Online
Reduced fee for public authorities / Reduzierter Preis für Angehörige einer Hochschule/Behörde
€2.280,00










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