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11 September - 14 September 2017 | Ghent (near Brussels)

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Overview:

Day 1: Concept & Assessment of State Aid

Day 2: State Aid Exemptions: De Minimis, GBER & SGEI

Day 3: Main Horizontal Guidelines & State Aid Procedures

Day 4: Infrastructure Funding in Compliance with State Aid

 

Day 1: Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Concept & Assessment of State Aid

 
 08:30 

 Registration & Welcome Coffee

09:00

 Welcome Note & Introduction Round

 Chair: Phedon Nicolaides, Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges
 and the Maastricht University; Academic Director at lexxion training

Morning Session
09:30

 System and Structure of State Aid Control in the EU

  • Modernisation Initiative
  • Responsibilities of the European Commission, Member States and beneficiaries

 Phedon Nicolaides

10:15

 Coffee Break & Networking

10:45

 Concept and Principles of State Aid

  • The requirements of Art. 107 TFEU
  • The notion of aid
  • The notion of undertaking
  • Economic vs. non-economic activity
  • Determining advantage and selectivity of measures

 Phedon Nicolaides

12:30

 Lunch Break

13:30

 Case Studies & Working Groups Exercise:
 Does a Measure Fulfil the Criteria of Art. 107 TFEU and
 Constitute State Aid?

 Phedon Nicolaides

15:00  Coffee Break & Networking
   
Afternoon Session
15:30

 Compatibility Assessment of State Aid

  • Is there a need for a subsidy?
  • Appropriateness of State aid measure
  • Funding gap method and market failure
  • Incentive effect and proportionality
  • Avoidance of undue negative effects on competition and trade between Member States
  • Transparency and evaluation

 Phedon Nicolaides

16:30

 Practical Exercise: The Market Economy Operator Principle
 (MEOP)

  • When is a public measure State aid – The notion of advantage
  • The State as economic actor and public authority
  • The MEO test in practice: When and how to apply it?

  Phedon Nicolaides


17:30

 Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 1

17:45  End of Day 1

19:00

Evening event: Common Dinner & Networking

   

Day 2: Wednesday, 30 August 2017

State Aid Exemptions: De Minimis, GBER & SGEI
 
Morning Session

Chair: Péter Staviczky, State Aid Attaché, Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, Brussels

09:00

 De minimis Regulation

  • Application of Regulation 1407/2013
  • Thresholds, gross grant equivalent and cumulation

 Péter Staviczky

09:30

 General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER)

  • The new GBER rules: Common and specific provisions
  • Scope and categories of exempted aid
  • Thresholds, incentive effect, cumulation rules

 Péter Staviczky

11:00

 Coffee Break & Networking

11:30  GBER: Best Practice for Application in Member States
  • Experiences and challenges with the practical application of GBER
  • How to design your project in compliance with GBER rules?
  • Discussion and Q&A

 Péter Staviczky

   
13:00  Lunch Break
   
Afternoon Session
14:00

 Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI)

  • Concept of SGEI
  • Recent judgements and Commission decisions
  • SGEI Package (2012) and Altmark criteria
  • How to define a market gap?
  • How to calculate compensation?
  • How to notify SGEI aid?

 Olga Simeon, Case Handler, State aid Transport, DG Competition,
 European Commission, Brussels

15:30

 Coffee Break & Networking

16:00

 Case Studies: SGEI Rules in Different Sectors

  • Health and Social Services
  • Social housing
  • Public transport

Péter Staviczky

   
17:30

 Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 2

17:45  End of Day 2
   

Day 3: Thursday, 31 August 2017


State Aid Procedures & Main Horizontal Guidelines
   
Morning Session
09:00

 State aid for R&D&I & Practical Cases

  • The new Framework for State Aid for R&D&I
  • Non-economic research vs economic research
  • Collaboration between research organisations and undertakings
  • GBER rules
  • Practical experience

 Fabian Kaisen, Deputy Director, EFTA Surveillance Authority, Brussels

10:00

 Coffee Break & Networking

10:30

 Environmental and Energy Aid & Practical Cases

  • Guidelines and Legal framework for energy and environment projects: Scope of application
  • Notifiable energy and environmental aid
  • Specific State aid provisions for energy efficiency and renewable energy
  • Practical experiences

 Ariane Richter, State Aid Expert, Berlin

11:30

 Regional Aid & Practcial Cases

  • Guidelines on Regional State aid 2014-2020
  • Regional aid under the GBER – Implications for Member States’ authorities
  • Compatibility measures of regional aid
  • Treatment of SMEs and large investment projects
  • When does a Member State have to notify? Can a Member State withdraw a notification?
  • Practical experiences

 Jan Philipp Otter, Local Partner, PwC Legal, Hamburg

   
12:30  Lunch Break
   
 Afternoon Session
13:30

 State Aid Procedures: Notification

  • Notification procedure: The new Regulation 2015/1589
  • What needs to be notified and how?
  • Types of procedures
  • Practical case: How to notify a measure?

 Jan Philipp Otter, Local Partner, PwC Legal, Hamburg

15:00

 Coffee Break & Networking

15:30

 State Aid Procedures: Recovery of Unlawful Aid

  • Non-compliance and recovery of unlawful aid
  • Practical Case: How to Recover Unlawful Aid?

 Jan Philipp Otter

   
17:00

 Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 3

17:15

 End of Day 3 

19:00  Evening event: Boat Tour & Common Dinner
   

Day 4: Friday, 1 September 2017


Infrastructure Funding in Compliance with State Aid
   
Morning Session
09:00

 Funding of Infrastructure in Compliance with State Aid

  • Infrastructure Funding in regional policy
  • Funding infrastructure after Leipzig/Halle: What are public authorities still al-lowed to finance?
  • MEIP and its application to infrastructure funding
  • Compatibility principles of infrastructure funding
  • The 20% rule of infrastructure funding

 Marijana Liszt, Attorney at law, Posavec, Rašica & Liszt Law Firm, Zagreb

 Marianne Clayton,
Partner, Clayton & Segura - State Aid Lawyers, Brussels

10:30

 Coffee Break & Networking

11:00

 Practical Exercises and Group Work on Infrastructure Funding:

  • Transport infrastructure
  • Financing of airports
  • Research infrastructure
  • Sport and multifunctional recreational infrastructures
  • Public Utilities infrastructure: water, sewerage and waste

 Participants will work on cases. The results will be presented and
 discussed commonly.

 Marijana Liszt & Marianne Clayton 

   
13:00  Lunch Break

14:00

 Problem-Solving Session and Final Discussion

 Discuss your individual cases and questions in full confidentiality

   
15:00

 Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 4 and the Summer Course

15:15  End of the Summer Course & Distribution of Certificates


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