State Aid from A to Z

Intensive 3-day Spring Course

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21-23 March 2018 | Nice, France

If you have any questions in regards to the programme of the upcoming Summer Course on State Aid or you would like to get any additional information, please contact Anya Zuschke.
Programme

Overview:

Day 1: Concept of State Aid & Principles of Compatibility

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

Day 3: 
State Aid and Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI)


Day 1: Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Concept of State Aid & Principles of Compatibility


 08:45

Registration & Welcome Coffee

09:00

Welcome Note & Introduction Round

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

09:30

Concept and Principles of State Aid (including coffee break)

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

Péter Staviczky

12:00

Lunch Break

13:00

Working Groups Exercise:
How to Assess if State Aid is Present in Your Policy/ Scheme/ Project

 
Péter Staviczky

 

 

14:30  Coffee Break
   
15:00

Principles/Assessment of Compatibility of State Aid

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

Péter Staviczky

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
  • MEIT – how to apply it (practical approach)

Péter Staviczky


17:00

Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 1

17:15 End of Day 1

18:00 Evening event: Evening Programme & Common Dinner
   


Day 2:
Thursday, 22 March 2018

State Aid Exemptions, State Aid Procedures & Main Horizontal Guidelines

Chair: Antonios Bouchagiar, Member of the Legal Service (AIDE TEAM), European Commis-sion, Brussels (invited)

 
09:00

De minimis Regulation

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

Representative from the European Commission, Brussels (invited)

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

Representative from the European Commission, Brussels (invited)

10:30

Coffee Break

11:00

Best Practice for Application of GBER in Member States

Representative from a National Authority of a Member State (invited)

12:00

State Aid Procedures: Notification

  • Notification procedure: Regulation 2015/1589
  • What needs to be notified and how?
  • Types of procedures
  • Practical case: How to notify a measure?

Representative from a National Authority of a Member State (invited)

   
13:00  Lunch Break
   
14:00

State Aid Procedures: Recovery

  • Non-compliance and recovery of unlawful aid
  • Practical case: How to recover unlawful aid?

 Representative from a National Authority of a Member State (invited)

15:00

Regional Aid

  • Guidelines on Regional State aid 2014-2020
  • Regional aid under the GBER – Implications for Member States’ authorities
  • Compatibility measures of regional aid
  • Treatment of SMEs and large investment projects
  • When does a Member State have to notify? Can a Member State withdraw a notification?

Representative from the European Commission, Brussels (invited)

15:30

Case Study: Regional Aid in Practice

Representative from the European Commission, Brussels (invited)

15:45

Coffee Break

16:15

State aid for R&D&I

  • Rules on R&D&I in GBER
  • Framework for R&D&I
  • Non-economic research vs economic research
  • Collaboration between research organisations and undertakings

Marijana Liszt, Attorney at law, Liszt & Posavec, Zagreb

16:45

Case Study: R&D&I Aid in Practice

Marijana Liszt

17:00

Environmental and Energy Aid

  • Guidelines and Legal framework for energy and environment projects: Scope of application
  • Notifiable energy and environmental aid
  • Specific State aid provisions for energy efficiency and renewable energy
  • Practical experience

Marijana Liszt

17:30

Case Study: Environmental and Energy Aid in Practice

Marijana Liszt

   
17:45

Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 2

18:00 End of Day 2
   


Day 3:
Friday, 23 March 2018

State Aid and Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI)

Chair: Mihalis Kekelekis (invited)

   
08:30

Concept of Services of General Economic Interest in the EU Treaties and Application of the Commission´s SGEI Package

  • Defining SGEI – the “G” – what makes the service of General interest?
  • How does this relate in the regulations and case law?
  • Main characteristics of SGEI
  • How to avoid errors in defining SGEI?
  • SGEI communication
  • SGEI de minimis Regulation
  • SGEI Decision
  • SGEI Framework
  • Implementation and experiences of 2011 revised rules on SGEI

Olga Simeon, State Aid Transport, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels 

10:00

Coffee Break 

10:30

Altmark Criteria and Critical Issues in the Design of Altmark-compliant Measures

  • The Altmark criteria as interpreted in the commission´s case practice
  • How to design Altmark-compliant measures
  • How public procurement and State aid rules interact? 

Olga Simeon 

   
12:00  Lunch Break
   
13:00

SGEI for Special Sectors incl. Case Studies

  • Public transport
  • Broadband
  • Social housing and health sector

Olga Simeon and Mihalis Kekelekis (invited)

14:30

Coffee Break & Networking

15:00

Problem-Solving Session and Final Discussion

  • Discuss your individual cases questions in full confidentiality

 Olga Simeon and Mihalis Kekelekis (invited)

   
16:00

Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 3

16:15 End of the Summer Course & Distribution of Certificates
   

*Programme can be subject to change.



Programme

State Aid and Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI)
 
 

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