State Aid Requirements for SGEI

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20-21 June 2016 | Rotterdam

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

If you would like to receive more information please contact Maja Wirbatz.


The link between State Aid Law and the provision of 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.

 State Aid Uncovered

Phedon Nicolaides' book, a compilation of all State Aid Uncovered articles from 2015.


Thematic scope

    • Concept and Definition of Services of General Economic Interest in the TFEU and in the recent case law
    • The SGEI package (2012)
    • How to define the market gap and justify imposition of a public service obligation
    Best practice:
    • Challenges of notifying SGEI aid: Experiences of a Member State
    • How to calculate compensation?
    Case studies:
    • Public funding of hospitals
    • Provision of social housing
    • Waste management
    • Compensation for postal services

    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


    You will be actively involved in the training. The sessions will combine presentations, case studies and discussion on practical problems. You will have ample opportunity to present your own problematic issues and discuss them withspeakers and participants from other Member States.

    Do you want to besure our experts will cover the most relevant topics? Just send us your cases and questions in advance. We will forward them to our speakers who will include them in the programme and answer them during the training. All information concerning your problems and cases will be treated confidentially.

    Focus 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


    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 Maja Wirbatz.


    Publication frequency: quarterly
    Subscription: € 442,-
    ISSN 16 19-52 72

    Further information

    academic director and training leader

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    Phedon Nicolaides

    Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges, Professor at the University of Maastricht, and Academic Director
    at lexxion training

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