Europäisches Beihilfenrecht
Summer Course |
07.09.2020 - 09.09.2020 |
Athens |
Sprache: Englisch

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

Athens Lexxion

Our Summer Course will give you a comprehensive overview of the essential State aid regulations and provide you with a practical „toolbox“ for assessment of State aid and design of public measures compatible with the internal market. Each day, the experts‘ presentations will be enriched by working group exercises, best practices examples and interactive case studies.

Starting from € 2.230,- (excl. VAT)

Event format:

Please note that that we will turn this event into an online course should Covid-19 related restrictions prevent Face-to-face meetings from taking place.

Reservation: You are welcome to reserve your seat, which is financially non-binding. For this, please write an email: zuschke@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.

Of Course, 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
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Overview

The three-day Summer Course offers 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.

This course is eligible for Professional Certificate on EU State Aid Law.

Day 1: Concept & Assessment of State Aid

  • System and Structure of State Aid Control in the EU
  • Concept and Principles of State Aid
  • Working Group Exercise
  • Compatibility Assessment of State Aid
  • Practical Exercise: The Market Economy Operator Principle (MEOP)

Day 2: State Aid Exemptions: De Minimis & GBER and State Aid Procedures

  • De minimis Regulation
  • General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER)
  • GBER: Best Practice for Application in Member States
  • State Aid Procedures: Notification
  • Practical Exercise on a Fictional Case: Procedural Rules, GBER & Notion of Aid – When to Notify?

Day 3: Main Horizontal Guidelines & SGEI

  • Environmental Aid and Energy Efficiency
  • State Aid for R&D&I & Practical Cases
  • Regional Aid & Practical Cases
  • Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI)

Methodology

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 participants will be actively involved. The sessions will combine lectures, case studies, practical exercises and interactive 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 countries. Social activities in the evenings provide a perfect opportunity for (informal) networking.

The process of true learning happens in three stages:

  • Identification of the main points or principles
  • Appreciation of the complexities and limitation of the principles, and
  • Application of the principles

Our Training Method combines these three stages of learning to ensure that the participants obtain the best possible understanding of EU rules.  

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

Your benefits

  • Become familiar with the concept and principles of State aid
  • Learn how to assess the existence of State aid and its compatibility with the internal market
  • Receive a detailed insight into the most important State aid exemptions and how to apply them
  • Become acquainted with the State procedures concerning the notification procedure and recovery of unlawful aid
  • Increase your knowledge on the main guidelines
  • Make sure you finance infrastructure projects in compliance with State aid rules
  • Apply your updated knowledge in various practical cases and group exercises
  • Exchange with State aid experts from different Member States and enjoy networking in beautiful Athens

Tag 1: Montag, 7. September | Concept & Assessment of State Aid | 08:30 - 17:45

Tagungsleiter
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

System and Structure of State Aid Control in the EU

  • Fitness check of state aid rules and response to the covid-19 pandemic
  • Responsibilities of the European Commission, Member States, national courts and beneficiaries of aid
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at Maastricht University; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
10:00

Coffee Break & Networking

10:30

Concept and Principles of State Aid

  • The requirements of Art. 107 TFEU; the notion of state aid
  • The notion of undertaking; economic vs. non-economic activity
  • State resources v EU resources
  • Determining advantage and selectivity of measures and their impact on trade and competition
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

Working Group Exercise:

  • Does a Measure Fulfil the Criteria of Art. 107 TFEU?
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at Maastricht University; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
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
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at Maastricht University; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training

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

Casual Event, Together with All Speakers and Participants

Tag 2: Dienstag, 8. September | State Aid Exemptions: De Minimis & GBER and State Aid Procedures | 09:00 - 17:45

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

De minimis Regulation

  • Application of Regulation 1407/2013
  • Thresholds, gross grant equivalent and cumulation
Phedon Nicolaides Professor at Maastricht University; Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, and Academic Director at Lexxion Training
09:30

General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER)

  • 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

  • Notification procedure: The new Regulation 2015/1589
  • What needs to be notified and how?
  • Types of procedures
  • Practical Case: How to Notify a Measure?
Péter Staviczky
State Aid Attaché, Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, Brussels

15:30

Coffee Break

16:00

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

17:30

Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 2

17:45

End of Day 2

Tag 3: Mittwoch, 9. September | Main Horizontal Guidelines & SGEI | 09:00 - 15:45

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

Environmental Aid and Energy Efficiency

The main provisions of the GBER and Guidelines on

  • Higher environmental standards
  • Energy efficiency
  • Energy from renewable sources
  • Remediation of contaminated sites
  • District heating
  • Waste recycling
  • Energy infrastructure
Péter Staviczky
State Aid Attaché, Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, Brussels

10:30

Coffee Break & Networking

11:00

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
Marijana Liszt Partner, Liszt & Partners, Zagreb
(TBC)
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?
Anita Gyürkés Head of Department, State Aid Monitoring Office, Budapest
(TBC)
14:30

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?
Marijana Liszt Partner, Liszt & Partners, Zagreb
(TBC)
15:30

Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 3 and the Summer Course

15:45

End of the Summer Course & Distribution of Certificates

Referenten

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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Marijana Liszt
Partner, Liszt & Partners, Zagreb

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

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Summer Course | 07.09.2020 - 09.09.2020 | Athens | Sprache: Englisch

Teilnahmegebühren
Reduzierte Teilnahmegebühr für Angehörige einer Hochschule/Behörde: € 2.230,- (exkl. USt)
Reguläre Teilnahmegebühr: € 2.630,- (exkl. USt)

Rabatt für European State Aid Law Quarterly (EStAL)-Abonnenten: € 100,-

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