The Rights and Duties of State Aid Beneficiaries

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EStAL Intensive Workshop

8-9 March 2018 | Lisbon

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.


Day 1: Thursday, 8th March 2018
Registration & Welcome Coffee

Welcoming and Introduction Round

The Concept of State aid

  • 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

Eduardo Maia Cadete, Consultant, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, Lisbon


State Aid Procedures: National Authorities in Dialogue with Beneficiaries

  • Expectations of a State aid beneficiary
  • Provision of information to beneficiaries in case of aid
    • being covered by an exemption regulation
    • falling within an aid scheme duly notified and authorized
    • being, in the case of individual aid, properly notified and authorized
    • eligible to benefit from the de minimis rule

Giorgio Perini, Regional expert, Attaché competition and State aid, Italian Permanent Representation, Brussels (invited)


Q&A and Discussion


Coffee Break & Networking


Case Study: Overview of Latest Decisions & Borderline Cases

  • Review of recent decisions
  • Examples of border-line cases with
    • State aid qualification, e.g. fiscal measures, SGEI
    • new aid or existing aid
    • specific cases of co-financing with EU subsidies (e.g. regional development, agriculture)

Philipp Melcher, Consultant, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, Lisbon


Lunch Break



The Proceedings Before the European Commission – Notifications and Reviewing Procedures
  • Procedural Regulation 2015/1589 and Implementing Regulation 2015/2282, Art. 107-109 TFEU and other sources of EU/national law
  • Preliminary investigation
  • Beneficiaries’ role in negotiation procedures
  • Protection of confidential information
  • Implications for national legislation

Eduardo Cabrera Maqueda, Case Handler on State Aid, Directorate-General for Competition (DG COMP), European Commission, Brussels (invited)


Interplay of Member States and State Aid Beneficiaries

  • Strict liability of the Member State and State aid beneficiary and its impact on the beneficiary
  • Importance of a clear definition of Member States’ responsibilities
  • Problem of negligence and of failure to grant State aid
  • Negative effects of overlong procedures
  • Responsibilites of parties involved

Simon Moger, Jaguar Land Rover, UK (invited)


Case Study

Simon Moger, Jaguar Land Rover, UK (invited)


Summary of the Results of Day 1, Q&A and Final Discussion
17:00 End of Day 1

Day 2: Friday, 9th March 2018

The Recovery of Illegal Aid


Recovery of Illegal Aid – Problems & pitfalls for Member States and Beneficiaries

  • Legitimate expectations and absolute impossibility
  • Effective and immediate recovery
  • Recovery in case of indirect aid (tax benefits)
  • Liability after M&A transactions
  • Recovery in case of State guarantees
  • Procedure under national law
  • Infringement procedure

Ulrich Soltész, LL.M., Partner, Gleiss Lutz, Brussels


Coffee Break & Networking


Case study with Practical Examples

  • Exceptional cases in which aid cannot be recovered & legitimate expectations
  • Border-line cases: interpretation of Commission decisions and their scope
  • Specific cases of collective procedures



Problem-solving Session:
You are invited to send us your questions beforehand to make sure that your particular problems/cases will be addressed during this session.

12:30 Summary and Final Q&A Distribution of Certificates of Participation

12:45 Light Lunch & End of the Workshop


*Programme may be subject to change 



Benefits of Attending

  • Receive detailed information on currently debated State aid issues and recent cases

  • Participate in discussion rounds 

  • Network and exchange with experts from all over Europe

Workshop material - No need to miss anything!

If you were unable to make it to the workshop, you may want to order a copy of the printed material including the access data to all presentations shown during the events. The price is € 199,- (each, excl. of VAT). If interested, please contact Gael Langosch.



Matina Haralampopoulou

Director of Central State Aid Unit (KEMKE)

Ministry of Finance


Publication frequency: quarterly
ISSN 16 19-52 72

Further information

Publication frequency: quarterly
Subscription: € 442,-
ISSN 16 19-52 72

Further information