23 November - 24 November 2017 | Madrid

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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Chair of the Workshop:

Michael Schütte, Schütte Law, Brussels

09:30 Registration & Welcome Coffee


Welcome & Introduction into the Workshop


Morning Session:

State Aid and SGEI in Broadband, Broadcasting and Transport Sectors – Manifest Error in Defining a Genuine Service of General Interest

  • How to define a market failure and in which cases the SGEI rules apply?
  • Defining SGEI – the “G” and the “E” – what makes the service of general, what of economic interest?
  • Recent judgements related to broadband, broadcasting and transport (e.g. Case T-454/13)
  • Dynamics in defining technologies as SGEI
13:00 Lunch break


Afternoon Session: State Aid for R&D&I - Economic vs Non-economic Research and Collaboration Agreements

  • Economic vs non-economic research
  • Collaboration agreements between research institutions and undertakings
  • How is the R&D&I Framework compatible with the general State aid approach of Art. 107(1) and the Notion of Aid?
  • Real-life examples and discussion of the practical challenges of having R&D&I projects approved under State aid rules - the perspectives from industry, universities and research institutes
17:00 Final Discussion and Concluding Remarks

17:30 End of the Workshop


Expert Panel

  • Michael Schütte
    Schütte Law, Brussels (chair)

  • Klaus-Otto Junginger-Dittel
    Senior Expert - State aid, State aid: General Scrutiny and Enforcement, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

  • Pascal Belmin
    Vice-President, Head of EU Regulatory Affairs, Airbus, Brussels
  • Antonios Bouchagiar
    Member of the Legal Service (AIDE Team), European Commission, Brussels
  • Michael Honoré
    Partner, Bech-Bruun Law Firm, Copenhagen

  • Helmut Brokelmann
    Partner, Martínez Lage, Allendesalazar & Brokelmann, Madrid




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