Fundamentals of State Aid Law

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Intensive Training

29-30 January 2019 | London

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.

Fundamentals of State Aid Law


Day 1:

Tuesday, 29 January 2019


Welcome Note & Introduction of participants

Phedon Nicolaides, Professor at the College of Europe and at the Maastricht University

09:30 Structure of the System of State aid Control
  • Sources of law
  • Powers of European Commission
  • Obligations of the Member States
  • State Aid Modernisation Initiative
  • Judicial review

Phedon Nicolaides

10:30 Coffee Break


Concept of State Aid and Article 107 TFEU

  • The meaning of aid granted by a Member State or State Resources
  • 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

Phedon Nicolaides

12:30 Lunch


Group Exercise on the Concept of State Aid

  • Application of the Criteria of Art. 107 TFEU to the Aid Measures
  • Interactive discussion on findings

Phedon Nicolaides


State Aid Assessment: Principles of Compatibility

  • Exceptions
  • Options for public authorities & type of assessment
  • Assessment by commission
  • General principles of exemption
  • Common assessment principles
  • Typical reasons for finding incompatibility

Phedon Nicolaides


State Aid Exemption: De minimis Aid

  • Notion of de minimis aid
  • Notion of single undertaking
  • Advantages of de minimis aid

Phedon Nicolaides


Coffee Break

State Aid for Environmental Protection and Energy


State Aid for Environmental Protection and Energy

  • Environmental and Energy State Aid Guidelines (EEAG)
  • The General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER)
  • Energy transition and State aid

Juliette Delarue,  Lawyer, ClientEarth, Brussels


Case Study on Green Energy

  • Interactive discussion on green energy

Juliette Delarue


Q&A and Summary of Day 1

Day 2: Wednesday, 30 January 2019

The General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) in Practice:
Common & Specific Provisions


State Aid Exemption: General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) – Common Provisions

  • Legal background
  • State aid modernization
  • Regulatory framework under the SAM
  • Scope of the GBER
Péter Staviczky, Attaché for State Aid, Hungarian Permanent Representation, Brussels



State Aid Exemption: The General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) – Specific Provisions

  • Training aid
  • Employment aid
  • Aid for broadband infrastructures
  • Aid for local infrastructure

Péter Staviczky


Coffee Break

Practical Application of GBER


Case Study: How to Design Projects Compliant with GBER?

Péter Staviczky


Modification of the GBER?

Péter Staviczky



State Aid Exemption: Main Horizontal Guidelines




Regional State aid

  • Regional development: GBER and guidelines
  • Reconciling completion and cohesion

Phedon Nicolaides


State Aid for R&D&I

Phedon Nicolaides


Coffee Break


State Aid Notification & State Aid Recovery

  • Legal background and main procedural rules
  • New rules from 2013
  • Rule of EU and national courts in State aid matters
  • Role and rights of third parties

Péter Staviczky


Problem Solving Session:
Round-table discussion on the important lessons to be drawn from the training and the typical mistakes to avoid


End of the training and Distribution of your Certificates

*Programme may be subject to change.


Publication frequency: quarterly
ISSN 16 19-52 72

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