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23 November - 24 November 2017 | Madrid

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Friday, 24 November 2017

08:30 Registration & Welcome Coffee

09:00 Welcome Notes on behalf of the European State Aid Law Institute (EStALI)

09:15

Opening Keynote

Joaquín López Vallés, Director for Competition Advocacy, National Commission of Markets and Competition, Madrid

09:30

Keynote Panel: Interplay of State Aid and Structural Funds Regimes

  • How to improve the shared management of ESI Funds in interaction with State aid schemes
  • State aid assessment requirements for large investment projects
  • Making best use of GBER rules for European Territorial Cooperation
  • Conflict between the use of Simplified Cost Options and State aid rules

Speakers:

Gert-Jan Koopman, Deputy Director-General State Aid, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels
        
Malina Kroumova, Deputy Minister for Regional Development and Public Works, Bulgaria, Member of the High level group monitoring simplification for beneficiaries of ESI Funds

Chair: Juan Manuel Contreras Delgado de Cos, Deputy Director State Aid, National Commission of Markets and Competition, Madrid

11:00 Coffee Break & Networking

11:30

Session I: Latest Jurisprudence on EU State Aid Matters and Q&A

Speaker: Viktor Kreuschitz,
Judge, General Court of the European Union, Luxembourg

12:30

Session II: State Aid in Environmental and Energy Sectors - Tax-specific Considerations

  • General trends or energy-tax-specific considerations?
  • The electricity networks and its financing. Which is the legal nature of the contributions to the electricity network costs?
  • Inputs from landmark and recent cases
Speaker: Marta Villar Ezcurra, Professor of Tax Law, Faculty of Law, CEU San Pablo University, Madrid

Chair: Amparo Grau,
Professor of Tax Law, Faculty of Law, University Complutense, Madrid

 

13:15

Lunch Break

14:15 Session III: The Impact of State Aid Control on Fiscal Law
  • From the fight against harmful taxation till the pursuit of individual arrangements with fiscal authorities
  • Is State aid limited to a few big cases or is its impact much wider – a national perspective
  • How does State aid control impact on the practice of today´s tax advisors?
  • Can a reference system always be EU wide? – The Commission’s practice on the arm’s length principle
Speakers:

Koen van de Casteele, Head of Unit, State aid Policy and Case support, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels


Joachim Englisch, Professor of International and European Tax Law, Institute for Tax Law, Faculty of Law, University of Muenster

José Luis Buendía Sierra, Partner, Garrigues, Brussels


15:45 Coffee Break & Networking

16:00

Session IV: The Notion of Aid and No Effect on Trade

  • The two no effect on trade packages of DG COMP
  • The new approach on no effect on trade in the NoA – first experiences;
  • The novel Commission practise and the jurisprudence on effect on trade – tensions or harmony?

Speakers:

Koen van de Casteele, Head of Unit, State aid Policy and Case support, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

Leo Flynn, Legal Adviser, Legal Service, European Commission, Brussels

Christian Berger, Senior Advisor, Division for Competition, State Aid and Framework Conditions, Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, Stockholm

Chair: Javier Porras Belarra, Professor, Public Law Department, Faculty of Law, CEU San Pablo University, Madrid

17:30 Lessons Learnt & End of Conference

 

 

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