Overview


In the new programming period 2014-2020 the focus is more than ever before done on investments in sustainable energy in order to achieve the EU2020 targets: The shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors as well as a strong emphasis on renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE).
Based on the amounts proposed, the funding instruments will almost lead to a doubling of current investment amounts: For European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) minimum allocations are set for a number of priority areas. For example, 20% of available ERDF resources at national level for more developed and transition regions and 6% for less developed regions are to be reserved for investment in EE and RE. Under the Horizon 2020 programme, €6.5 billion are allocated to research and innovation in ‘secure, clean and efficient energy’.

Furthermore, the use of Financial Instruments (FIs) in line with the investment priorities of the EU2020 goals is strengthened to enhance the financial sustainability of ESI Funds by repayable forms of support such as loans, guarantees or equity.
Not to forget about the newly created European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), will mobilise a big amount of additional investments.

Of crucial importance for public spending is the compliance with EU State Aid rules that have recently been revised with the new Energy and Environmental Aid Guidelines (EEAG) and the new General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER), by which a huge number of measures are covered.

Programme

This 2-day training offers participants first-hand knowledge and intensive discussion and exchange on the different funding sources for energy projects, on the corresponding legal issues and best practice examples:
  • What are the EU’s funding provisions and investment priorities for 2014-2020 in the field of energy?
  • What funding opportunities for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects as well as for research and innovation related topics do exist?
  • What are the key provisions and eligibility criteria for funding from Horizon 2020?
  • How to best implement the EU energy priorities on national and regional level?
  • What funding opportunities for renewable energy and energy efficiency from European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds do exist?
  • How to best make use of Financial Instruments from the European Investment Bank (EIB)?
  • How can you benefit from the European Funding for Strategic Investments?
  • How to comply with the new State aid Rules for energy and environmental projects?
  • Which measures fall under the new rules of the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) as well as de minimis?
  • The New Guidelines on State aid for Environmental Protection and Energy
  • What are the specific State Aid provisions for energy efficiency and renewable energy?

Who should participate?

  • Managing Authorities and Intermediate Bodies involved in programmes for Energy and Environment
  • Ministries for Energy and Environment
  • Energy Agencies
  • National, Regional and Local Development Agencies
  • Development banks, public and private banks
  • Consultants and lawyers in the Energy and Environment sector
  • Beneficiaries of ESI Funds and/or EU direct programmes

 

 

Not to forget about the newly created European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), will mobilise a big amount of additional investments.

 
 

EStAL
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