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

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Day 1: Thursday, 12 April

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

8:30 - ca. 22:30 (incl. Coffee Breaks, Lunch & Evening Excursion)

Morning Session

Economic and Non-Economic Activities

  • Defining economic activity, undertaking and market
  • Relevant case law pertaining to economic activities
  • Discussion of practical cases in different sectors: Where is the boundary between economic and non-economic activity?

Alessandra Franchi, Case Handler - State Aid, Unit 'State Aid Case Support', DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

Leo Flynn, Legal Adviser, Legal Service, European Commission, Brussels

Afternoon Session

State Resources and Imputability

  • State vs. private resources
  • State resources: origin, State control and State involvement
  • Indicators for imputability
  • How to treat and separate between commercial and non-commercial activities of public entities?

Antonis Metaxas, Managing Partner, Metaxas & Associates Law Firm, Athens; Ass. Professor of European Law, University of Athens

Alessandra Franchi, Case Handler - State Aid, Unit 'State Aid Case Support', DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels


Evening: Excursion with all speakers and participants: A perfect opportunity for networking and informal discussion in a pleasant atmosphere

Day 2: Friday, 13 April
9:00 - 17:30 (incl. Coffee Breaks & Lunch)

Morning Session

Advantage & Market Economy Operator Test

  • Why, when and how to apply the MEO test?
  • Assessment of existence of aid and how to quantify it
  • Proof of investment rationality: market price, benchmarks, business plans and indicators
  • Does compliance with public procurement law preclude State aid?

Adina Claici, Director, Copenhagen Economics, Brussels; College of Europe, Bruges


Afternoon Session

No Advantage & Services of General Economic Interest

  • Altmark criteria and requirements of Article 106(2)
  • Manifest error in defining a genuine service of general interest
  • Financing infrastructure as SGEI in transport, broadband and broadcasting sectors; interplay with sectoral guidelines
  • Practical cases from the health and social sectors, sports and culture

Phedon Nicolaides, Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges, Professor at the University of Maastricht; Academic director of lexxion training



Day 3:
Saturday, 14 April
9:00 - 14:00 (incl. Coffee Break & Lunch)

Morning Session

Practical Case Study & Final Discussion Round

  • General wrap-up of the two days' debates
  • Discussion of remaining questions
  • Interactive group work based on cases (brought by participants or/and speakers)
  • Analysing your cases and discussion of your individual questions

Leo Flynn, Legal Adviser, Legal Service, European Commission, Brussels

Common Lunch & End of Seminar

Distribution of Certificates

*Programme might be subject to minor changes.

All speakers will in principle stay along for the whole seminar, so that they will also be available for taking questions outside the slots assigned to them.




Adina Claici, Director, Copenhagen Economics, Brussels (invited)
 
 

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ISSN 16 19-52 72

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Publication frequency: quarterly
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ISSN 16 19-52 72

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