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23 October - 24 October 2017 | Vienna

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Day 1: Monday, 23 October 2017

08:30 Registration
09:00 Keynote
 

Concept of State Aid and its Application to Financial Instruments

09:30

Concept of State Aid

  • The system of State aid control in the EU
  • Concept of State aid
  • Requirements and Criteria based on Art. 107 (1) TFEU
  • Application of State aid rules to ESI Funds
  • Presence of State aid in the area of Financial Instruments
  • Off the shelf financial instruments

Phedon Nicolaides, Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges and the Maastricht University and Academic Director at Lexxion Training

10:45

“State Resources” – When Does the Financial Contribution to FIs Qualifying as State Aid 

  • ESI Funds contribution to the FIs
  • Centrally-managed Financial Instruments
  • ESI Funds contribution to centrally managed FIs
  • Resources covered by EFSI guarantee (European Fund for Strategic Investments)

Phedon Nicolaides, Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges and the Maastricht University and Academic Director at Lexxion Training

11:15 Coffee Break 

11:45

State Aid at Different Levels of FIs

  • Types of FI and undertakings involved at various management levels
  • Incentive for fund of funds, financial intermediaries, holding funds and other  economic operators/investors
  • State aid for FIs beneficiaries

Barbara Cattrysse, Legal counsel, Legal Directorate, European Investment Bank, Luxembourg

12:30 Lunch Break

13:30 Case Study: British Business Bank
  • State-owned promotional banks and the management of FIs
  • Common State aid assessment principles
  • Existence of State aid for mandated, service and commercial activities
  • How the mandated arm avoids undue distortion of competition?

Phedon Nicolaides, Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges and the Maastricht University and Academic Director at Lexxion Training

Alexander Rose, Department for Communities and Local Government, United Kingdom

 

Designing Financial Instruments not Containing State Aid

14:15

Application of Market Economy Investor Principle (MEIP) for FIs   

  • How to exclude the criterion of “Advantage” while designing FIs
  • How to apply MEIP
  • JEREMIE Holding Fund – National experiences in designing FI not containing State aid
  • Considerations of SMEs when aid is excluded at investors level

Mikołaj Stasiak, Partner, Easy State Aid, Warsaw

15:00

Coffee Break

15:30 How to use de minimis aid to support Financial Instruments?   
  • De minimis amount and single undertakings
  • Communication on reference and discount rates of interest
  • Compliance with Implementing Regulation 964/2014
  • Limits to application of Commission communication
  • De minimis aid and guarantees

Phedon Nicolaides, Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges and the Maastricht University and Academic Director at Lexxion Training

 

General Block Exemption Regulation

16:15

How to Ensure that an FI is Exempted under the GBER?

  • The new rules for exemption of State aid
  • General Provisions: What are the conditions for an exemption
  • Specific requirements applying to FIs

Alexander Rose, Lawyer, Government Legal Service, Department for Communities and Local Government, United Kingdom

17:30

End of Day 1

 

 

Day 2: Tuesday, 24 October 2017

 

Investments under EFSI – When Do You Need to Be Aware of State Aid

09:00 Case Study on Project guaranteed through the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)

Barbara Cattrysse,
Legal counsel, Legal Directorate, European Investment Bank, Luxembourg
 

Risk Finance Guidelines and the Notification of FIs

09:45

Risk Finance Guidelines

  • Challenges resulting from State aid to promote risk finance investments
  • Rules for using financial instruments and fiscal measures in compliance with State Aid
  • Tax incentives for private investors

Vanessa Bruynooghe, Policy Officer, DG Competition, Unit H2 - Access to finance, R&D&I and Environment, European Commission, Brussels

10:45

Coffee Break

11:15

FI Notification – from a View of a Managing Authority 

  • When do you need to notify your FI?
  • The notification procedure
  • Roles and obligations of bodies involved

Mike Wallwork, Project and Development Manager, Finance and Business Branch, Welsh Government, UK

12:00 Lunch Break
 

Best Practices of the Member States – Practical Examples

13:00

Case Study on Supporting Innovative Growth: Financial Instruments and Entrepreneurship in the area of R&D&I

13:40 Case Study on Risk Finance Investments for SMEs

Mike Wallwork,
Project and Development Manager, Finance and Business Branch, Welsh Government, UK

14:15 Coffee Break

14:45

Case Study on Financial Instruments for Urban Development

15:30 End of the Conference

 

 

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