On the first day, Phedon Nicolaides will give you a thorough review of the latest Court rulings and Commission decisions on:
- Concept of State aid
- Exceptions from the interdiction of State aid
We welcome topic suggestions – if you have an issues of particular importance to your practice, please let us know. You can also choose topics you would like to discuss from Phedon Nicolaides blog „State Aid Uncovered“
Your advantage: After one day, you will be up to date about the latest developments in the field of State aid law!
The second day is especially designed for your questions and cases. Do you work on a State aid case and don´t know how to handle it? Or have you had any problems with State aid in the past? This is your opportunity to discuss any question about State aid you might have.
The issues raised by participants will be discussed and you will receive advice on how to improve your own State aid measures and ensure their compatibility with the internal market.
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.
Who should attend?
This high-level event is intended for officials and professionals who have good knowledge of State aid or are working on projects that may involve State aid in:
- State aid Monitoring Offices in the Member States
- Ministries and other public authorities involved in granting State aid on national, regional and local level
- National and regional development agencies
ESI Funds managing bodies, in particular in managing authorities and intermediate bodies
- Law offices and consultancies
- Public and private banks
- Private and public enterprises being State aid beneficiary
The acquaintance with the principles of State aid law and its several regulations is essential for the participation in the experts’ discussion on the recent developments in State aid and their implications for the practice.
Previous Participants Said
“Master class seems to be the best practical way to find all the newest practice on State Aid regulation which will be definitely very helpful in everyday work life.”
A Master Class is a high-level event for professionals and officials involved in State aid. The purpose of the Master Class is to review important developments in State aid case law and the decisional practice of the European Commission, assess their implications for the Member States and public authorities and to improve your State aid measures. Participants are encouraged to submit a summary of the problem or case they want to present for discussion in advance. This information will of course be treated confidentially.
The sessions will combine presentations, case studies and discussion on practical issues. You will have ample opportunities to present your own issues and discuss them with speakers and participants from other countries.
Review and Assessment
On the first day, you receive an expert review of the latest Court rulings and Commission decisions. Seminal judgments and decisions are analyzed in depth. The analysis identifies how principles are applied in specific situations, delineates possible exceptions and draws out the implications for State aid policies.
The second day is devoted to cases and questions submitted by participants. State aid measures, problems and other issues from the daily practice of participants are discussed and difficulties resolved. Participants receive advice on how to improve their measures and ensure their compatibility with the internal market.
On both days, the format of this advanced small-scale Master Class enables you to consider wider issues of relevance to officials and practitioners involved in State aid. You can exchange information and experience with professionals from other countries.
Course materials are available for download after the event.
During the online course by Lexxion Publisher all speakers present live via video and audio. Participants are actively involved in the online courses. By offering our participants the possibility to use their microphones and cameras during the whole course, we aim to recreate the atmosphere of a face-to-face Lexxion course. We encourage our participants to ask questions in real time and to take part in live discussions with speakers and other participants. Additionally, we make use of different interactive features of the online platform, such as polls, multiple choice questions and quizzes. This way participants can test their knowledge on the topic, anonymously. Moreover, there are ample opportunities for the participants to present their own problematic issues, discuss and solve them with the speakers and participants from other Member States.
How to Join the Course Online
Bigmarker is the platform for online participation in this course. In order to join the course online, please check your device compatibility first.
What do I need in order to join the course online?
- Speakers, Microphone; Camera is possible, if you would like to be seen during the course.
- A wired connection is strongly recommended.
- If your internet connection doesn´t work, you can join the course by telephone, using a dial-in number. In this case there might be additional telephone costs.
How do I join the course online?
- Choose the computer from which you would like to follow the course.
- Please check your device compatibility.
- As soon as you get the invitation link: Please register for the course by clicking the invitation link.
- 15 minutes before the course: Bring your headset and eventually camera, click the invitation, enter and enjoy the course!
Minimum system requirements are as follows:
- Operating System: Windows 7 or later; Mac OS X 10.12 or later, Linux.
- Browser: The most recently-published versions of Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Safari, or Opera.
- High-speed internet: A consistent, high-speed connection is required. Mobile tethering, hotspots, slow or inconsistent public Wi-Fi networks may create latency when using video conferencing.
FAQ for Online Participation
Why do I need to register before the
Thank you for registering! This not only helps us to communicate with you in regard to technical issues but it helps you to network with your fellow course participants.
Will the course be recorded?
Please ask the responsible event manager.
Do I need a camera?
It is recommended to have a camera for more comfortable communication with the speakers and other participants.
Do I need a microphone?
Since this is an interactive course, yes.
Do I need to install anything?
No. We expect you to have a browser, of course.
Can I ask questions during the course?
Yes, you can ask your questions live by using your microphone. You can speak to all participants at the same time as you may have experienced in Skype.
When can I enter the course I’m attending?
Please enter 15 minutes before the start, so that you have enough time for technical checks. You can only enter if you have passed the system check.
May I leave the course and come back later?
Yes, just log in at a later time during the course.
May I access via Phone?
Yes, you can. Participating via phone means you can listen only. Please keep in mind that you will be dialling a US number which would result in higher telephone costs.
Can’t find invitation?
Please check your spam-folder. You should also ask your colleague from the IT department to ‘whitelist’ us. For more details please ask the corresponding event manager, who will be happy to help you.
I failed the Firewall System Check – what can I do?
Please contact your IT department and have them open the necessary ports, which can be found here.
What are the detailed System requirements?
All requirements can be found here.
I failed the Audio Output System Test – what can I do?
If you are using headphones or external speakers, try unplugging them. Please unmute your device. Test your speakers here to find out if they work.
I would like to participate but I’m waiting for an approval. Can I order a ticket on the day of the course?
Sure. Please message firstname.lastname@example.org.
My email address has changed – can I still participate?
Sure. Please provide us with your updated email adress; you will then receive a new invitation.
How do I contact the host of the course?
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