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Interactive Practical Course | 17.10.2019 - 18.10.2019 | Vienna | Language: English

State Aid 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 meet and 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.

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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 Consti tutes State Aid or Not
  • State Aid Exempti ons: De minimis, GBER, SGEI
  • GBER and its Applicati on 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 20142020 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.


Participants will receive extensive materials:
All presentations shown during the course (inclusive online access to all presentations after it) Selection of corresponding journals published by Lexxion Confirmations of participation.

Course Material – No need to miss anything!
If you are unable to make it to the practical course, you may want to order a copy of the printed material including the access data to all presentations shown during the events. The price is € 299,- (each, excl. of VAT).

If interested, please contact Johann Blain.

Day 1: Thursday, 17. October | 08:00 - 17:30

08:00

Registration & Welcome Coffee

08:30

Welcome Note by Chair of the Course, Introduction Round

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

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 the University of Maastricht; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
11:00

Coffee break and networking

11:30

Interdependence of State Aid and ESI Funds

  • When do ESI Funds managers have to be aware of State aid
  • Institutions to ensure compliance
  • References in ESIF to State aid
  • References in State aid to ESIF
  • How to avoid State aid
  • How to design efficient State aid 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

12:30

Lunch break and networking

13:30

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. Basing on State aid criteria and sub-criteria, we will brainstorm, discuss and decide together if State aid is present in the above-mentioned schemes/projects or not.

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

Coffee break and networking

15:30

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 the University of Maastricht; 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

17:30

End of Day 1

17:30

Excursion and dinner with all speakers and participants

Day 2: Friday, 18. October | 08:30 - 15:30

Parallel Interactive Sessions

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

GBER specific provisions, which are important to ESF objectives

  • Training Aid
  • Aid for Employment

Coffee break and networking

Funding Infrastructure in Compliance with State Aid Rules

  • Funding of infrastructures after Leipzig/Halle
  • Analytical Grids and checklists on State aid rules applicable to public funding of infrastructure projects
  • Implications for national and EU Funding: what are public authorities still allowed to finance?
  • Services of General economic interest (SGEI)
  • Infrastructure used for non-commercial purposes
  • State Aid Rules to ESI Funded infrastructure projects in specific fields:
    • Energy infrastructure
    • R&D&i infrastructure
    • Sport and multifunctional recreational infrastructure
    • Public utilities infrastructure: water, sewerage and waste
    • Local local infrastructure
    • Cultural infrastructure

Lunch break and networking

Parallel Fund Specific Working Group

ESF Working Group

During the ESF working group we will discuss either your individual cases (difficult cases from your day-to-day work) or real-life problematic cases, which were discussed in the national State Aid working groups of different countries.

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

End of the Interactive Practical Course and Distribution of Certificates

Parallel Interactive Sessions

Regional Aid

  • 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

Coffee break and networking

State Aid for Financial Instruments and Risk Finance

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

Lunch break and networking

Parallel Fund Specific Working Group

ERDF Working Group

During the ERDF working group we will discuss either your individual cases (difficult cases from your day-to-day work) or real-life problematic cases, which were discussed in the national State Aid working groups of different countries.

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

End of the Interactive Practical Course and Distribution of Certificates

Speakers

Phedon Nicolaides
Professor at the University of Maastricht; 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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Schottenring 11
Vienna, Österreich
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Interactive Practical Course | 17.10.2019 - 18.10.2019 | Vienna | Language English

Participation Fees
Reduced fee for public authorities: € 1.890,– (excl. VAT)
Regular fee: € 2.390,–  (excl. VAT)

Register before August 31st to get 10% off! +
100€ Discount for EStAL subscribers

This early bird discount can (only) be combined with the subscriber discount.

20% VAT (Austria) will be added.

Seating limit
The number of seats is limited.

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Ticket Type Price Spaces
State Aid 2019 in ESIF Programme and Project Management
Regular fee / Reguläre Teilnahmegebühr
€2.390,00 N/A
State Aid 2019 in ESIF Programme and Project Management
Regular fee incl. Early Bird Discount / Reguläre Teilnahmegebühr inkl. Frühbucherrabatt
€2.151,00
State Aid 2019 in ESIF Programme and Project Management
Regular fee incl. Early Bird Discount + 100€ EStAL Subscriber Discount/ Reguläre Teilnahmegebühr inkl. Frühbucherrabatt + 100€ Aborabatt
€2.051,00
State Aid 2019 in ESIF Programme and Project Management
Reduced fee for public authorities / Reduzierte Teilnahmegebühr für Angehörige einer Hochschule/Behörde
€1.890,00 N/A
State Aid 2019 in ESIF Programme and Project Management
Reduced fee for public authorities incl. Early Bird Discount/ Reduzierte Teilnahmegebühr für Hochschulen/Behörden inkl. Frühbucherrabatt
€1.701,00
State Aid 2019 in ESIF Programme and Project Management
Reduced fee for public authorities incl. Early Bird Discount + 100€ EStAL Subscriber Discount/ Reduzierte Teilnahmegebühr für Hochschulen/Behörden inkl. Frühbucherrabatt + 100€ Aborabatt
€1.601,00

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