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9 October - 10 October 2017 | Berlin

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Day 1:

Monday, 9 October 2017

09:00

Welcome Note & Introduction of participants

Phedon Nicolaides, Professor at the College of Europe and at the Maastricht University

09:30 Structure of the System of State aid Control

  • Sources of law
  • Powers of European Commission
  • Obligations of the Member States
  • State Aid Modernisation Initiative
  • Judicial review

Phedon Nicolaides, Professor at the College of Europe and at the Maastricht University

10:30 Coffee Break

11:00

Concept of State Aid and Article 107 TFEU

  • The meaning of aid granted by a Member State or State Resources
  • 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

Phedon Nicolaides, Professor at the College of Europe and at the Maastricht University

12:30 Lunch

13:30

Group Exercise on the Concept of State Aid

  • Application of the Criteria of Art. 107 TFEU to the Aid Measures
  • Interactive discussion on findings

Phedon Nicolaides, Professor at the College of Europe and at the Maastricht University

14:30

State Aid Assessment: Principles of Compatibility

  • Exceptions
  • Options for public authorities & type of assessment
  • Assessment by commission
  • General principles of exemption
  • Common assessment principles
  • Typical reasons for finding incompatibility

Phedon Nicolaides, Professor at the College of Europe and at the Maastricht University

15:15

State Aid Exemption: De minimis Aid

  • Notion of de minimis aid
  • Notion of single undertaking
  • Advantages of de minimis aid

Phedon Nicolaides, Professor at the College of Europe and at the Maastricht University

15:45

Coffee Break

16:00

State Aid for Environmental Protection and Energy

  • Environmental and Energy State Aid Guidelines (EEAG)
  • The General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER)
  • Energy transition and State aid

Ariane Richter, Unit for State aid control, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Berlin

16:30

Case Study on Green Energy

  • Interactive discussion on green energy

Ariane Richter, Unit for State aid control, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Berlin

17:15

Q&A and Summary of Day 1


Day 2: Tuesday, 10 October 2017

09:00

General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) – Common Provisions

  • Legal background
  • State aid modernization
  • Regulatory framework under the SAM
  • Scope of the GBER

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

10:00

State Aid Exemption: The General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) – Specific Provisions

  • Aid for culture and heritage conservation
  • Aid schemes for audiovisual works
  • Aid to make good the damage caused by certain natural disasters
  • Aid for SMEs
Péter Staviczky, Attaché for State Aid, Hungarian Permanent Representation, Brussels

11:00

Coffee Break

11:15 Case Study: How to Design Projects Compliant with GBER? E.g

  • Training aid
  • Employment aid
  • Aid for broadband infrastructures
  • Aid for local infrastructure

Péter Staviczky, State Aid Attaché, Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, Brussels, Belgium

12:30

Lunch

13:15

Regional State aid

  • Regional development: GBER and guidelines
  • Reconciling completion and cohesion

Phedon Nicolaides, Professor at the College of Europe and at the Maastricht University

14:00

State Aid for R&D&I

Phedon Nicolaides, Professorat the College of Europe and at the Maastricht University

15:00 Coffee Break
15:30

State Aid Notification & State Aid Recovery

  • Legal background and main procedural rulesNew rules from 2013
  • Rule of EU and national courts in State aid matters
  • Role and rights of third parties

Péter Staviczky, State Aid Attaché, Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, Brussels, Belgium

16:15

Problem Solving Session:
Round-table discussion on the important lessons to be drawn from the training and the typical mistakes to avoid

17:00

End of the training


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