13 February - 14 February 2017 | Brussels

Please contact Maja Wirbatz if you want to receive the programme of this event as soon as available.


The two-day training focuses on the following topics:

  • Structure of the system of State aid control and obligations of all parties involved
  • Concept of State aid and its application in practice
  • De minimis aid and State aid exemptions
  • Practical application of the GBER (incl. case studies on culture or heritage conservation and audio-visual works)
  • Notification of State aid cases to the European Commission
  • Assessment of compatibility of aid by the European Commission
  • Recovery of incompatible aid

Benefits of Attendance

  • Learn more about the concept of State aid and its general prohibition under EU treaty rules.
  • Find out how to assess its existence in your funding measures.
  • Get a detailed overview of the most important State aid exemptions and learn how to implement them in the practice.
  • Make sure that your projects and funding schemes are designed in compliance with State aid rules.
  • Become an insight into the methods of assessment and handling the State aid cases by the DG Competition.
  • Get acquainted with all the procedures relevant for State aid notification.
  • Learn how to recover incompatible State aid from third parties and what the consequences of a recovery failure are.
  • Stay up-to-date with the State Aid Modernisation Initiative
  • Analyse your problems and discuss your questions with acknowledged experts.

State Aid Uncovered 2015

Training participants will receive a free copy of Phedon Nicolaides' book 'State Aid Uncovered',
a compilation of all State Aid Uncovered articles from 2016.


You will be actively involved in the training. The sessions will combine presentations, case studies and discussion on practical problems. You will have ample opportunities to present your own problematic issues and discuss them with the speakers and participants from other Member States.

Do you want to get sure, that our experts will cover the topics most interesting for you? Just send us your cases and questions in advance. We will forward them to our speakers who will include your issues the programme and answer them during the training.

All information concerning your problems and cases will be treated confidentially.

Who should participate?

1) Public officials from:

  • Ministries and other national authorities
  • Regional governments
  • Communal and City councils

involved in granting State aid in sectors such as:

  • Transport and infrastructure
  • Finance
  • Environment and Energy
  • Telecommunication and Broadband
  • Social services and health
  • Agriculture

2) EU funds experts from:

  • Institutions coordinating the national strategies for Structural Funds
  • Managing, Certifying and Audit Authorities
  • Intermediate bodies
  • Bodies implementing EU funded projects

3) Employees of National and Regional Development Agencies

4) New employees in the State Aid Monitoring Offices

5) Lawyers and consultants specialised in public affairs


Training Material - No need to miss anything!

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



Session I: Concept of State aid

  • Structure of the system of State aid control and obligations of all parties involved
  • Concept of State aid and its application in practice

Session II: State aid Exemptions

  • De minimis aid and GBER Common Provisions
  • GBER Specific Provisions, such as:
  • Employment aid
  • Training aid
  • Aid for broadband infrastructures
  • Aid for local infrastructure

Session III: State aid Procedures

  • Notification of State aid cases to the European Commission
  • Recovery of incompatible aid

Session IV: Main Horizontal guidelines:

  • Regional State aid
  • State aid for environmental protection and energy


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


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