Autumn Conference on European State Aid Law 2018

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29-30 November 2018 | Brussels

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Workshop, 29 November 2018

09:30 Registration & Welcome Coffee


Welcome & Introduction into the Workshop
Chair: Michael Schütte, Schütte Law, Brussels


Morning Session: Non-Economic Activities and No Effect on Trade – Status Quo of the Notion of Aid

  • 2 years after the Commissions’ Notice on the Notion of Aid: What is still relevant?
  • Economic vs. non-economic activities – the cases Slovak Health Insurance and Spanish Catholic Church
  • State Resources: ENEA – Revival of Preussen Electra?
  • The ‘no effect on trade’ doctrine – When does it apply?
  • Interrelation of NOA and GBER – When to apply the GBER?
  • Effect on trade of local infrastructure – the case Izola Marina (T-728/17)
13:00 Lunch Break


Afternoon Session: Making Infrastructure Projects Lawful Using the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER)

  • What's allowable under the GBER? – addressing the questions around its practical application, including incentive effect, reporting, thresholds and cumulation
  • The interplay between ESIF and GBER (incl. Article 61 Revenue Generating Projects)
  • Local Infrastructure under Art. 56 GBER – A  practical example of how to meet the requirements
  • Application of Art 56 GBER to combined transport and compatibility issues
  • Modification of the GBER – what can be expected?
17:00 Final Discussion and Concluding Remarks

17:30 End of the Workshop


Expert Panel:

Chair: Michael Schütte, Schütte Law, Brussels

  • April Pelin
    Case Handler, State aid Policy and Case support, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

  • Olga Simeon
    Policy Officer, State aid Transport, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels (tbc)

  • Hans Arno Petzold
    Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport, Employment, Technology, and Tourism of the State of Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel

  • Alexander Rose
    Legal Director, DWF LLP, Newcastle Upon Tyne

  • Alvaro Pliego Selie
    Principal Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Amsterdam

*Programme may be subject to change.

Matina Haralampopoulou

Director of Central State Aid Unit (KEMKE)

Ministry of Finance


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