23 October - 24 October 2017 | Vienna


Investments from European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), also in the form of financial instruments,  have to comply with the EU State aid regulations.

The Commission also supports the use of financial instruments by providing off-the-shelf instruments and by enabling the managing authorities to get involved in the centrally-managed financial instrument, such as Horizon 2020 or COSME. Additionally, synergies are possible with resources under the Juncker Plan or European Fund for Strategic Investments.

With the growing importance of financial instruments it is of major relevance that all officials involved in the set-up, implementation, evaluation and auditing of FIs - both the managing bodies and the beneficiaries - must be aware of the related State aid rules, principles and procedures applying to credits, guarantees and equity.


This European Conference offers a perfect platform for exchange of experiences for experts dealing with the set-up and implementation of financial instruments who need to be aware of the applicable State aid rules. It will focus on topics such as:

  • The system of State aid control and its application to ESI Funds and Finanacial Instruments
  • The concept of State Aid, the meaning of the "state resources" for FIs and the existance of State aid at different management levels of a financial instrument
  • Essential State aid regulation for financial instruments:
    • de minimis Regulation
    • General Block Exemption Regulation
    • Risk Finance Guidelines
  • Practical Challenges for the State aid compliant set-up and implementation of FIs:
    • Structuring an FI in compliance with State aid requirements
    • Designing an FI not containing State aid
    • Tasks of authorities involved
    • How to ensure that all aid is passed to the beneficiary
  • Case studies on FIs for:
    • Urban Development
    • SMEs
    • Rural development

Who should participate?

Experts involved in the set-up, implementation and control of financial instruments in:

  • ESI Funds Managing and Audit Authorities
  • Intermediate bodies
  • Fund of Funds
  • Financial intermediaries and holding funds
  • Other financial institutions or development agencies involved in the implementation of EU-funded FIs
  • National and regional promotional banks (NPBs) co-financing projects and investment platforms
  • Institutions liaising with the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group

State aid experts advising on the State aid compliance of FIs from:

  • State Aid Monitoring Offices
  • Regional governments, communities and city councils acting as granting authorities
  • Private and public banks
  • Legal offices
  • Consultancies


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