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6 November - 7 November 2017 | Brussels

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DAY 1

08:30             Registration
09:00
 
Welcome note & Introduction of participants

Session I: General Principles and Rules Applicable to Funding of Infrastructure

09:15

System of the State Aid Control and Relationship between State Aid and ESI Funds

  • Sources of law
  • Powers of European Commission
  • Obligations of the Member States
  • When do ESIF operations create a State aid situation?

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

10:00

Concept of State Aid and the Aspects of Particular Importance for Infrastructure Funding

  • Articles 107 & 108 of the TFEU

  • Leipzig-Halle judgement

  • The concept of economic and non-economic activity

  • Determining advantage and selectivity

  • Effect on trade, distortion of competition

Phedon Nicolaides

11:00

Existence of State Aid at Different Levels: Owner/Operator/User

Phedon Nicolaides

11:15

Coffee break

Session 2: Assessing the Existence and Proportionality of Aid for Infrastructure Projects

11:45

Compatibility with the Internal Market, the Principles of Necessity and Proportionality of State Aid

  • Type of assessment
  • General principles of exemption
  • Common compatibility and assessment principles

Phedon Nicolaides

12:30

Lunch

13:30

Funding gap method, claw-back clauses and pricing of access to infrastructures

  • Legal requirements
  • Operation of non-economic infrastructure
  • Operation of mixed infrastructure
  • Claw-back mechanism

Phedon Nicolaides

Session III: Funding Infrastructures under GBER

14:15

General Block Exemption Regulation for Infrastructure Projects – General Provisions

  • State aid modernization and new approach
  • Scope of the GBER
  • Conditions for exemption
  • The main changes in the GBER

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

15:15

Coffee break

15:30

Funding of Local Infrastructures under GBER

Practical examples from the Netherlands on:

  • Inner city development projects
  • Re-developing industrial areas
  • City heating projects

Melvin Könings, Associate Senior Consultant, LysiasConsulting Group, Amersfoort

16:15

Case Study on Funding of Cultural and Sport Infrastructures

Practical examples from the Netherlands on:

  • Regional aid to Geofort
  • Regional aid to Sport and Health Centre Groningen

Melvin Könings

16:30

Coffee break

Session IV: Funding Infrastructures under Regional Aid Guidelines

16:45

Funding Infrastructures as Regional Aid

Antonios Bouchagiar, Member of the Legal Service of the European Commission (AIDE Team – State aids and dumping), Brussels

18:00

End of Day 1

DAY 2

Session V: Application of SGEI Rules to Infrastructure and Rolling Stock Projects

09:00

Case study : Application of SGEI rules to rail and local public transport projects

  • Experiences of a Managing Authority in the areas of construction of infrastructure and purchase & modernization of rolling stock
  • What if not State aid in the form of SGEI compensation?
  • Regional Aid for the purchase of rolling stock

Stefan Akira Jarecki, Legal expert, Polish Governmental Administration, Centre for Antitrust and Regulatory Studies Warsaw University (UW), Warsaw, Poland

09:45

Case study: Application of SGEI rules to waste and waste water infrastructure projects

  • Experiences of a Managing Authority in the areas of:
    - construction of waste infrastructure
    - construction of waste water infrastructure

Roman Gąszczyk, Legal expert, Polish Governmental Administration, Warsaw, Poland

10:30

Coffee break

Session VI: Funding Energy and Environmental Projects in Compliance with State Aid

11:00

Energy and Environment

  • State aid and EU energy Policy
  • The EEAG and the GBER in short, key elements and difficulties
  • Case study: infrastructure in energy sector

Péter Staviczky

12:30

Lunch

Session VII: New Rules and Best Practice of Funding Ports and Airports Infrastructures

13:30

Ports Infrastructure

  • Applicable legal framework; New GBER regulation  
  • Important case law
  • Case analyses
  • Important issues regarding the selection of terminal operators

Daiga Lagzdina, Legal Expert,Ardenis Ltd., Riga

14:30

Airports Infrastructure

  • Applicable legal framework
  • Guidelines for Airports and new GBER provisions
  • Overview of most important cases
  • Case study

Daiga Lagzdina

15:30

Coffee break

Session VIII: State Aid Requirements for R&D&I Infrastructures

15:45

Funding of R&D&I Infrastructures

  • Applicable regulation
  • GBER and Guidelines on RDI
  • Case study

Mihalis Kekelekis, Competition/State Aid Officer, EFTA Surveillance Authority, Brussels

16:30

Problem-solving session

17:00

End of the training

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