State Aid Procedures: The Rights and Duties of State Aid Beneficiaries

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EStAL Intensive Workshop

8-9 March 2018 | Lisbon

If you have any questions in regards to the programme of the upcoming training or would like to get more information about it please contact Gael Langosch.


Day 1: Thursday, 8th March 2018
Registration & Welcome Coffee

Welcoming and Introduction Round

The Concept of State aid

  • The concept of economic and non-economic activity
  • How to determine advantage to certain undertakings or production of certain goods
  • How to establish whether a measure is selectivity
  • The meaning of distortion of competition and effect of trade between the Member States

Eduardo Maia Cadete, Consultant, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, Lisbon


The Proceedings Before the European Commission – Notifications and Reviewing Procedures

  • Procedural Regulation 2015/1589 and Implementing Regulation 2015/2282, Art. 107-109 TFEU and other sources of EU/national law
  • Preliminary investigation
  • Beneficiaries’ role in negotiation procedures
  • Protection of confidential information
  • Implications for national legislation

Eduardo Cabrera Maqueda, Case Handler on State Aid, Directorate-General for Competition (DG COMP), European Commission, Brussels


Q&A and Discussion


Coffee Break & Networking


Case Study: Overview of Latest Decisions & Borderline Cases

  • Review of recent decisions
  • Examples of border-line cases with
    • State aid qualification, e.g. fiscal measures, SGEI
    • new aid or existing aid
    • specific cases of co-financing with EU subsidies (e.g. regional development, agriculture)

Philipp Melcher, Consultant, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, Lisbon


Lunch Break


Responsibilities of Member States Vis-à-vis State Aid Beneficiaries
  • National authorities in dialogue with Beneficiaries: expectations vs. reality
  • Strict liability of the Member State and State aid beneficiary and its impact on the beneficiary
  • Importance of a clear definition of Member States’ responsibilities
  • Problem of negligence and of failure to grant State aid
  • Negative effects of overlong procedureson

Simon Morger, Head of Government Programmes, Jaguar Land Rover, UK


Case Study - Responsibilites of Member States


Summary of the Results of Day 1, Q&A and Final Discussion
16:00 End of Day 1

Day 2: Friday, 9th March 2018


Case management, Complaints and Compliance - Practical Guidance from the In House-Perspective

  • In house case management for State aid procedures
  • Ensuring State aid compliance within the beneficiary
  • Identifying chances for State aid complaints - and how to deal with them
  • The role of private enforcement in the field of State aid and its implications for beneficiaries and complainants

Udo Woll, Head of State Aid Law Unit, Deutsche Bahn AG, Berlin


Recovery of Illegal Aid – Problems & pitfalls for Member States and Beneficiaries
(including practical examples/case study)

  • Legitimate expectations and absolute impossibility
  • Effective and immediate recovery
  • Recovery in case of indirect aid (tax benefits)
  • Liability after M&A transactions
  • Recovery in case of State guarantees

Ulrich Soltész, LL.M., Partner, Gleiss Lutz, Brussels


Coffee Break & Networking


Recovery of Illegal Aid – Problems & Pitfalls for Member States and Beneficiaries (continued)

  • Border-line cases: interpretation of Commission decisions and their scope
  • Specific cases of collective procedures
  • Procedure under national law
  • Infringement procedure

Ulrich Soltész, LL.M., Partner, Gleiss Lutz, Brussels


Problem-solving Session:
You are invited to send us your questions beforehand to make sure that your particular problems/cases will be addressed during this session.

12:45 Summary and Final Q&A Distribution of Certificates of Participation

13:00 Light Lunch & End of the Workshop


*Programme may be subject to change 



Benefits of Attending

  • Receive detailed information on currently debated State aid issues and recent cases

  • Participate in discussion rounds 

  • Network and exchange with experts from all over Europe

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 Gael Langosch.



Matina Haralampopoulou

Director of Central State Aid Unit (KEMKE)

Ministry of Finance


Publication frequency: quarterly
ISSN 16 19-52 72

Further information
EStAL Seminar Banner 2 Kopie

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

Further information

Banner SA Summer Course 2 Kopie


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