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Training | 21.05.2019 - 22.05.2019 | Ghent | Sprache: englisch

State Aid Requirements for SGEI

Training on the SGEI package, methods for calculation of compensation, Altmark criteria and various case studies.

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Overview

The link between State Aid Law and the provision of Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI) causes uncertainty among public authorities as they face a conflict of interests: 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 and get advice from experts from the European Commission, other Member States and leading law offices.

Methodology

The participants will be actively involved in the training. 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.

Thematic scope

On day 1 our experts will present to you the State aid concept and framework applying to the SGEI:

  • Provisions on SGEI in the TFEU and main characteristics of an SGEI
  • Recent developments on the SGEI in the case law
  • SGEI Package: The SGEI Communication  & Altmark Criteria, SGEI Decision and Framework
  • How to Define the Market Gap and Justify Imposition of a Public Service Obligation

Day 2 will focus on the practical application of SGEI rules to various sectors and combine presentations, worskhops and case studies:

  • Workshop on Calculation of Compensation
  • Practical challenges in notification of SGEI aid
  • Funding SGEI infrastructure
  • SGEI in social sector: hospitals, social housing, education

Target Group

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:
    o Social Affairs
    o Health
    o Transport
    o Infrastructure
    o Telecommunication
    o 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

Benefits of attendance

  • Learn more about treaty provisions that apply to services and SGEI
  • Gain insight into the methods of calculating compensation
  • Apply your updated knowledge in various workshops and group exercises
  • Analyse your problems and discuss your questions with experts from public and private practice
  • Meet State aid experts from many different Member States

Workshop 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 events. The price is € 199,- (each, excl. of VAT). If interested, please contact Gael Langosch.

Tag 1: Dienstag, 21. Mai | 09:00 - 17:30

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

Welcome note by chair of the training
Introduction of participants


Concept and Definition of SGEI

09:30

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 SGEI
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at the University of Maastricht; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
10:15

Recent developments on the SGEI in the case law

  • Economic activity and the BUPA case
  • Scope of discretion of a Member State
  • Manifest error
  • Meaning of Art. 106
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at the University of Maastricht; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
11:15

Coffee break & networking


SGEI Package (2012)

11:45

The SGEI Communicatio & 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
12:30

Lunch

13:30

The SGEI de minimis Regulation

  • Basic principles and formalities
  • De minimis and other rules
13:45

The SGEI Decision

  • Scope, formalities and information requirements
  • Rules for compensation (revenues, costs, profit)
14:15

Coffee break

14:30

The SGEI Framework

  • Rules for compensation and efficiency incentives
  • In-depth assessment
15:15

Coffee break


Practical Challenges in Funding of SGEI

15:30

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
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at the University of Maastricht; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
17:00

Round‐table discussion on the important lessons to be drawn from the day’s proceedings

Phedon Nicolaides Professor at the University of Maastricht; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
17:30

End of Day 1

Tag 2: Mittwoch, 22. Mai | 09:00 - 17:30

Practical Application of SGEI Rules

09:00

Critical Issues in the Design of Altmark-compliant Measures

  • Altmark conditions: Entrustment act, parameters of
  • compensation, no overcompensation, efficiency
  • Public Sector Obligation (PSO)
  • Public Procurement
  • Practical examples
Péter Staviczky
State Aid Attaché, Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, Brussels

10:15

Coffee break


Workshop on Calculation of Compensation

10:45

How to Avoid Overcompensation for Transport Services?

  • How to define parameters of compensation
  • How to develop a formula for calculating the compensation
  • How to calculate the amount of necessary compensation and the maximum allowable compensation.

The Importance of SGEI

12:00

The importance of SGEI: The views of the Committee of the Regions

12:45

Lunch break


SGEI and Infrastructure

13:45

The Interaction between SGEIs and Infrastructure Funding

15:00

Coffee break


SGEI and Social Sector

15:45

Public Funding of Hospitals

  • Overwiev on the health sector
  • Art. 107 and the notion of undertaking
  • Jurisprudence: Asklepios Kliniken, CBI case
  • The Commission’s practice
  • Conclusions
16:30

Funding of Social Services as SGEI

  • Social security system – regulation and case law
  • The BUPA case
  • Social housing in various Member States
  • Social services – a new approach?
17:15

Problem-solving session

Round-table discussion on the important lessons to be drawn from the training and the typical mistakes to avoid

Phedon Nicolaides Professor at the University of Maastricht; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
17:30

End of the Training & Distribution of your Certificates


*Programme may be subject to change.

Referenten

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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Tagungsort

Korenlei 10
Ghent, Belgien
Telefon +32 92 33 93 93
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Ghent is directly connected to Brussels. It takes you around 30min to get from Brussels to Ghent by public transport. Take the train to conveniently travel from Brussels Airport to Ghent 54 minutes. Please have a look at the website of the Belgian Railway Company SNCB for your individual travel schedule.

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Training | 21.05.2019 - 22.05.2019 | Ghent | Sprache englisch
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State Aid Requirements for SGEI
Regular fee / Reguläre Teilnahmegebühr
€1.640,00
State Aid Requirements for SGEI
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€1.140,00

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