European Conference on State Aid for Financial Instruments

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23 October - 24 October 2017 | Vienna

If you have any questions in regards to the programme of the upcoming conference or would like to get any additional information, please contact Hella Baumeister.

Investments from European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), also in the form of financial instruments,  have to comply with the EU State aid regulations.

The Commission also supports the use of financial instruments by providing off-the-shelf instruments and by enabling the managing authorities to get involved in the centrally-managed financial instrument, such as Horizon 2020 or COSME. Additionally, synergies are possible with resources under the Juncker Plan or European Fund for Strategic Investments.

With the growing importance of financial instruments it is of major relevance that all officials involved in the set-up, impementation, evaluation and auditing of FIs - both the managing bodies and the beneficiaries - must be aware of the related State aid rules, principles and procedures applying to credits, guarantees and equity.


This European Conference offers a perfect platform for exchange of experiences for experts dealing with the set-up and implementation of financial instruments who need to be aware of the applicable State aid rules. It will focus on topics such as:

  • The system of State aid control and its application to ESI Funds and Financial Instruments

  • The concept of State Aid, the meaning of the "state resources" for FIs
    and the existance of State aid at different management levels of a FI

  • Essential State aid regulation for financial instruments:
    • De minimis Regulation
    • General Block Exemption Regulation
    • Risk Finance Guidelines

  • Practical Challenges for the State aid compliant set-up and
    implementation of FIs:
    • Structuring an FI in compliance with State aid requirements
    • Designing an FI not containing State aid

  • Case studies on FIs for:
    • Urban Development
    • SMEs
Who should participate?

Experts involved in the set-up, implementation and control of financial instruments in:

  • ESI Funds Managing and Audit Authorities
  • Intermediate bodies
  • Fund of Funds
  • Financial intermediaries and holding funds
  • Other financial institutions or development agencies involved in the implementation of EU-funded FIs
  • National and regional promotional banks (NPBs) co-financing projects and investment platforms
  • Institutions liaising with the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group

State aid experts advising on the State aid compliance of FIs from:

  • State Aid Monitoring Offices
  • Regional governments, communities and city councils acting as granting authorities
  • Private and public banks
  • Legal offices
  • Consultancies

Conference 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 € 199,- (excl. of VAT). If interested, please contact Hella Baumeister.


Publication frequency: quarterly
ISSN 16 19-52 72

Further information

European Structural and Investment Funds Journal
Publication frequency: quarterly
approx. 80 pages
ISSN 21 96-82 68

Further information

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

Further information
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