5 February - 6 February 2018 | Brussels


2-day intensive training on the Essentials of State Aid Law and Procedures

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Day 1:

Monday, 5 February 2018


Welcome Note & Introduction of participants

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

09:30 Structure of the System of State aid Control

  • Sources of law
  • Powers of European Commission
  • Obligations of the Member States
  • State Aid Modernisation Initiative
  • Judicial review

Phedon Nicolaides

10:30 Coffee Break


Concept of State Aid and Article 107 TFEU

  • The meaning of aid granted by a Member State or State Resources
  • The concept of economic and non-economic activity
  • How to determine advantage to certain undertakings or production of certain goods
  • How to establish whether a measure is selectivity
  • The meaning of distortion of competition and effect of trade between the Member States

Phedon Nicolaides

12:30 Lunch


Group Exercise on the Concept of State Aid

  • Application of the Criteria of Art. 107 TFEU to the Aid Measures
  • Interactive discussion on findings

Phedon Nicolaides


State Aid Assessment: Principles of Compatibility

  • Exceptions
  • Options for public authorities & type of assessment
  • Assessment by commission
  • General principles of exemption
  • Common assessment principles
  • Typical reasons for finding incompatibility

Phedon Nicolaides


State Aid Exemption: De minimis Aid

  • Notion of de minimis aid
  • Notion of single undertaking
  • Advantages of de minimis aid

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


Coffee Break

16:15 State Aid Exemption: General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) – Common Provisions
  • Legal background
  • State aid modernization
  • Regulatory framework under the SAM
  • Scope of the GBER
Péter Staviczky

17:00 State Aid Exemption: The General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) – Specific Provisions
  • Training aid
  • Employment aid
  • Aid for broadband infrastructures
  • Aid for local infrastructure
Péter Staviczky


Q&A and Summary of Day 1

Day 2: Tuesday, 6 February 2018

09:00 Case Study: How to Design Projects Compliant with GBER?

Péter Staviczky

09:45 Modification of the GBER

Péter Staviczky

10:30 Coffee break

State Aid for R&D&I

Yoana Karainova & Katarzyna Piechucka, Case Handler DG Competition Unit H2 State Aid

12:15 Lunch break

State Aid for Environmental Protection and Energy

  • Environmental and Energy State Aid Guidelines (EEAG)
  • The General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER)
  • Energy transition and State aid

Maria Kleis-Walravens, Project Lead, EU Group Climate and Energy, ClientEarth, Brussels


Case Study on Green Energy

  • Interactive discussion on green energy

Maria Kleis-Walravens


Coffee Break


Regional State aid

  • Regional development: GBER and guidelines
  • Reconciling completion and cohesion

Phedon Nicolaides


State Aid Notification & State Aid Recovery

  • Legal background and main procedural rulesNew rules from 2013
  • Rule of EU and national courts in State aid matters
  • Role and rights of third parties

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


Problem Solving Session:
Round-table discussion on the important lessons to be drawn from the training and the typical mistakes to avoid


End of the training

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