Spring Course: Concept & Principles of State Aid

Intensive 3-day Course

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27-29 March 2019 | Nice, France


If you have any questions with regard to the programme or you would like to get any additional information, please contact Juliana Veit.


Programme

Overview:

Day 1: Concept of State Aid & Principles of Compatibility

Day 2: State Aid Exemptions, Main Horizontal Guidelines & State Aid Procedures

Day 3:
Services of General Economic Interest & Infrastructure Funding

Day 1: Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Concept of State Aid & Principles of Compatibility

 08:45

Registration & Welcome Coffee

09:00

Welcome Note & Introduction Round

Chair: Phedon Nicolaides, Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges and at the Maastricht University, Academic Director at lexxion training

09:30

Concept and Principles of State Aid (including coffee break)

  • System and structure of State aid
  • The requirements of Art. 107 TFEU
  • How to identify State aid
  • Notion of economic activity and undertaking
  • The meaning of State resources
  • Selective advantage
  • Effect on competition and inter-State trade

Phedon Nicolaides, Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges and at the Maastricht University, Academic Director at lexxion training

12:00

Lunch Break

13:00

Working Groups Exercise:
How to Assess if State Aid is Present in your Scheme and/or Project

Phedon Nicolaides, Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges and at the Maastricht University, Academic Director at lexxion training

14:30  Coffee Break
15:00

Principles and Assessment of State Aid Compatibility

  • Necessity and justification of State aid
  • Policy objective of common interest
  • Existence of a market gap
  • Appropriateness of State aid
  • Incentive effect and proportionality

Phedon Nicolaides, Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges and at the Maastricht University, Academic Director at lexxion training

16:00

The Market Economy Investor Principle (MEIP)

  • Purpose of MEIP
  • Use of “public” resources for investment purposes
  • The aims and time horizon of private investor
  • MEIP in practice – how to apply it
  • Practical cases

Phedon Nicolaides, Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges and at the Maastricht University, Academic Director at lexxion training


17:00

Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 1

17:15 End of Day 1

18:00 Evening event & Common Dinner
   


Day 2:
Thursday, 28 March 2019

State Aid Exemptions, Main Horizontal Guidelines & State Aid Procedures

 


Chair:
Péter Staviczky, Attaché for State Aid, Hungarian Permanent Representation, Brussels

09:00

De minimis Regulation

  • Legal basis: Regulation 1407/2013
  • Thresholds and cumulation
  • Exercise on application of de minimis regulation
09:30

General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER)

  • Common and specific provisions
  • Scope and categories of exempted aid
  • Thresholds, incentive effect, cumulation rules
  • Publication, reporting and monitoring
10:30

Coffee Break

11:00 Regional Aid – Rules and Practical Application
  • Guidelines on Regional State aid 2014-2020 vs GBER
  • Compatibility measures
  • Relocation, process innovation and incentive effect
Anita Gyürkés, Acting Head of Department, State Aid Monitoring Office, Budapest
12:00

State Aid for R&D&I – Rules and Practical Application

  • Framework for R&D&I and for Risk Finance vs GBER rules
  • Non-economic research vs economic research
  • Collaboration between research organisations and undertakings
   
13:00  Lunch Break
   
14:00

Energy & Environmental Aid – Rules and Practical Application

  • Guidelines for energy and environment projects vs GBER
  • Notifiable energy and environmental aid
  • Specific State aid provisions for energy efficiency and
    renewable energy
  • Practical case

Péter Staviczky, Attaché for State Aid, Hungarian Permanent Representation, Brussels

15:30

Coffee Break

16:00

Best practice for Application of GBER and Guidelines in Member States: Discuss your cases and questions!

During this working group we will discuss your individual cases and problems/challenges as well as real-life cases.

Péter Staviczky, Attaché for State Aid, Hungarian Permanent Representation, Brussels

17:00

State Aid Procedures: Notification & Recovery

  • Notification procedure: Regulation 2015/1589
  • Procedural rules, GBER & Notion of Aid – When to notify?
  • Non-compliance and recovery of unlawful aid

George Peretz QC, Monckton Chambers, UK

   
17:45

Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 2

18:00 End of Day 2
   


Day 3:
Friday, 29 March 2019

Services of General Economic Interest & Infrastructure Funding

   
09:00

Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI)

  • Concept of SGEI
  • Recent judgements and Commission decisions
  • SGEI Package (2012) and Altmark criteria
  • SGEI de minimis Regulation
  • How to avoid errors in defining SGEI?
  • How to define a market gap?
  • How to calculate compensation?
  • How to notify SGEI aid?

Péter Staviczky, Attaché for State Aid, Hungarian Permanent Representation, Brussels

10:30

Coffee Break 

11:00

Application of SGEI in Different Sectors incl. Case Studies

  • Public transport
  • Social services and health 
  • Social security

Péter Staviczky, Attaché for State Aid, Hungarian Permanent Representation, Brussels

   
12:30  Lunch Break
   

13:30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Infrastructure Funding in Compliance with State Aid &
 Practical Exercises

  • Funding infrastructure after Leipzig/Halle:
    How to be compliant with State aid requirements?
  • MEIP and its application to infrastructure funding
  • Compatibility principles of infrastructure funding
  • The 20% rule of infrastructure funding

 Anita Gyürkes, Acting Head of Department, State Aid Monitoring Office,  
 Budapest

15:00

Coffee Break

15:15

Brexit & State Aid 

  • Impact of Brexit on the Application of State Aid Rules and EU-UK trade
  • UK State Aid Regime after Brexit

George Peretz QC, Monckton Chambers, UK

Phedon Nicolaides, Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges and at the Maastricht University, Academic Director at lexxion training

16:00

Problem-Solving Session and Final Discussion 

  • Discuss your individual cases questions in full confidentiality
   
16:45

Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 3

17:00 End of the Spring Course & Distribution of Certificates
   

*Programme can be subject to change.



Programme

State Aid and Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI)
 
 

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