EStAL Seminar: Mapping the Boundaries of the Market
Notion of Aid – Economic Activity – State Resources Advantage

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12-14 April 2018 | Rome

If you would like to receive more information on the programme or organisational matters, please contact Juliana Veit.
Overview


The European Commission’s Notice on the Notion of State Aid aims to contribute to a consistent application of the concept of aid and particularly to identify when public investments do not contain State aid in the light of Article 107(1) TFEU. As such, it provides guidance on the main principles of the notion of undertaking, the presence of an economic activity, financing through State resources and the presence of an economic advantage for the beneficiary.

In practice, it remains challenging to find the dividing lines between economic and non-economic activities, between State and private resources as well as between advantage and non-advantage. For each of them, the precise delineation has to take account of further element provided in various recent court judgments.  

To understand the Commission’s approach and practice regarding State aid, this intensive seminar will discuss various elements of the Notice on the Notion of Aid taking into consideration latest rulings of the courts and Commission decisions. Under discussion will be the concepts of economic activity, State resources and imputability as well as advantage, among others, in relation to crucial areas such as Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI), infrastructure funding, public utilities and networks, social services, culture and sports.

Topics


The EStAL Seminar 2018 provides an in-depth examination and discussion of the most important developments and topics related to the notion of aid and the question of how to determine whether a measure constitutes State aid with regard to:

  • Session I: Economic and Non-Economic Activities
  • Session II: State Resourses and Imputability
  • Session III: Advantage (Market Economic Operator)
  • Session IV: Non-Advantage (Altmark/SGEI)
  • Session V: Problem-Solving Session, Practical Cases & Final Discussion Round

The full programme will be published in due course.

Chair of the Seminar:
Leo Flynn, Legal Adviser, Legal Service, European Commission, Brussels

 Methodology


During the two and a half-day programme, you will have ample room to profoundly look into the diverse aspects of the given subject thanks to a high variety of dense and topical presentations, case-studies, brain-storming rounds and in-depth discussion of your individual questions. The coffee and lunch breaks as well as social and leisure activities alongside the sessions provide a perfect platform for (informal) exchange and networking.

Just send to us your cases and questions in advance!
You are highly welcome to send your individual questions and/or important issues beforehand – our experts look forward to answering your questions and giving you first-hand advice! All information concerning your questions and cases will be treated confidentially. The Seminar takes place under Chatham House Rules.

 Faculty & Participants


A diverse professional background of the panel and a small circle of participants sharing a homogeneous level of expertise and experience will guarantee a lively and insightful debate:

 

Seminar Material - No need to miss anything!

If you are unable to make it to the seminar you may want to order a copy of the printed material including the access data to all presentations shown during the event.
The price is € 299,- (excl. of VAT). If interested, please contact Juliana Veit.


 
 

EStAL
Journal
Publication frequency: quarterly
ISSN 16 19-52 72

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

Further information