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Training | 03.12.2019 - 04.12.2019 | Brussels | Language: English

State Aid Law and the Market Economy Operator Principle (MEOP)

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Is your institution MEOP compliant?

The Market Economy Operator Principle (MEOP) is a concept which has been developed by the Commission to determine whether a transaction entered into by a public body gives an advantage to a particular economic undertaking and therefore falls within the State aid regime.

Under EU State aid rules, public interventions in favour of companies can be considered free of State aid when they are made on terms that a private operator would have accepted under market conditions (the market economy operator principle – MEOP). If this principle is not respected, public interventions involve State aid within the meaning of Article 107 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, because they confer an economic advantage on beneficiaries that their competitors do not have. The Commission then proceeds to assess whether such aid can be found compatible with EU State aid rules.

How to structure MEOP-compliant financing? What alternative financing structures could be considered? How to choose the correct methodology for the MEOP analysis? Expert panels and fictitious case studies with leading practitioners invite participants to get actively involved in the debates, exchange experiences and receive guidance on those specific questions and cases.

A very exclusive networking opportunity!

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Topics

  • EU system of State aid control and recent policy developments
  • The concept of State aid and the priciple of market operator
  • Review of recent commission decisions on the application of MEIP and frequently made mistakes
  • Methodologies for determining the market rate of loans and guarantees
  • How to determine the credit worthiness of an SME
  • How to determine the market rate of return on investment and cost of capital
  • Application of the market economy OPerator test to the airports
  • Various case studies on the application of MEIP

Methodology & Structure

  • Become familiar with the concepts and the principle of market operator
  • Learn how to assess the existence of State aid and its compatibility with the internal market
  • Receive detailed insights into the most important State aid exemptions and how to apply them
  • Apply your updated knowledge in various practical cases and group exercises
  • Exchange with State aid expert Phedon Nicolaides, in addition to EU and Member States’ institutions, as well as leading law firms

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

 

Cases and Confidentiality: The participants will be required to submit a brief summary of the problem or case they want to present for discussion and advice in advance. Information concerning such problems and cases shall be treated confidentially.


Participants will receive extensive materials:
All presentations shown during the training (inclusive online access to all presentations after the training) 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 Training, 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 Zrinka Mozara.

Day 1: Tuesday, 3. December | 08:30 - 17:30

Chair of the Seminar
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at the University of Maastricht; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
08:30

Registration & welcome coffee

09:00

Welcome note and introduction round

9:15

EU System of State Aid Control and Recent Policy Developments

Phedon Nicolaides Professor at the University of Maastricht; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
10:00

Coffee break and networking

10:30

Concept of State Aid and the Principle of Market Operator

Phedon Nicolaides Professor at the University of Maastricht; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
11:15

Review of Recent Commission Decisions on the Application of MEIP and Frequently Made Mistakes

 

12:00

Lunch break and networking

13:30

Methodologies for Determining the Market Rate of Loans and Guarantees

Phedon Nicolaides Professor at the University of Maastricht; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
14:15

How to Determine the Credit Worthiness of an SME?

TBC

Final Q&A and end of the first day

Day 2: Wednesday, 4. December | 09:30 - 16:30

Chair of the Seminar
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at the University of Maastricht; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
9:00

Methodologies for Determining the Market Rate of Return on Investment and Cost of Capital (Case Study)

Nicole Robins
Partner, Oxera, Brussels

(Invited)
10:00

Methodologies for Determining the Market Rate of Return on Investment and Cost of Capital (Workshop)

Nicole Robins
Partner, Oxera, Brussels

(Invited)
12:00

Lunch break and networking

13:30

Application of the Market Economy Operator Test to Airports

14:30

Case Study on the Application of MEIP

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

15:30

Final Q&A and end of the Training

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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Nicole Robins
Partner, Oxera, Brussels

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

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Venue

Avenue de Tervueren, 153
Brussels, Belgien
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Hotel near the venue

B-aparthotel Bruxelles Montgomery
Avenue Tervueren 149
1150 Brussels

T: +32 (0)2 743 51 11

Eurostars Montgomery 5*
Avenue de Tervueren 134
1150 Brussels
Belgium
T: +32 (0)2 741 85 11

Le Relais du Castro – Chambres d’hôtes à Bruxelles
Rue Baron de Castro 7
1040 Bruxelles

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Training | 03.12.2019 - 04.12.2019 | Brussels | Language English

Participation Fees
Reduced fee for public authorities: € 1240,- (excl. VAT)
Regular fee: € 1640,- (excl. VAT)

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

The Belgian VAT of 21% will be added.

Seating limit
The number of seats is limited. Registrations will be accepted first come, first served.

Are you a public authority?
Ticket Type Price Spaces
State Aid Law and the Market Economy Operator Principle (MEOP)
Regular fee / Reguläre Teilnahmegebühr
€1.640,00
State Aid Law and the Market Economy Operator Principle (MEOP)
Reduced fee for public authorities / Reduzierte Teilnahmegebühr für Angehörige einer Hochschule/Behörde
€1.240,00

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