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21 March - 23 March 2018 | Nice, France

Programme

Overview:

Day 1: Concept of State Aid & Principles of Compatibility

Day 2: State Aid Exemptions, State Aid Procedures & Main Horizontal Guidelines

Day 3: State Aid and Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI)

Day 1: Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Concept of State Aid & Principles of Compatibility
 
 08:45

Registration & Welcome Coffee

09:00

Welcome Note & Introduction Round

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

09:30

Concept and Principles of State Aid (including coffee break)

  • The requirements of Art. 107 TFEU
  • How to identify State aid
  • Notion of State resources and undertaking
  • Selective advantage
  • Effect on competition and inter-State trade
  • Economic vs. non-economic activity

Péter Staviczky

   
12:00  Lunch Break
   
13:00

Working Groups Exercise:
How to Assess if State Aid is Present in Your Policy/ Scheme/ Project
 
Péter Staviczky

14:30

Coffee Break

15:00

Principles/Assessment of Compatibility of State Aid

  • Necessity and justification of State aid
  • Policy objective of common interest
  • Existence of market gap
  • Appropriateness of State aid
  • Incentive effect and proportionality

Péter Staviczky

16:00

The Market Economy Investor Principle (MEIP)

  • Purpose of MEIP
  • Use of “public” resources for investment purposes
  • The aims and time horizon of private investor
  • MEIT – how to apply it (practical approach)

Péter Staviczky


17:00

Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 1

17:15 End of Day 1

18:00 Evening event: Evening Programme & Common Dinner
   


Day 2: Thursday, 22 March 2018

State Aid Exemptions, State Aid Procedures & Main Horizontal Guidelines

Chair: Representative from the European Commission, Brussels (invited)

 
09:00

De minimis Regulation

  • Legal basis: Regulation 1407/2013
  • Thresholds and cumulation
  • Exercise on application of de minimis regulation

Representative from the European Commission, Brussels (invited)

09:30

General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER)

  • Common and specific provisions
  • Scope and categories of exempted aid
  • Thresholds, incentive effect, cumulation rules
  • Publication, reporting and monitoring

Representative from the European Commission, Brussels (invited)

10:30

Coffee Break

11:00

Best Practice for Application of GBER in Member States

Representative from a National Authority of a Member State (invited)

12:00

State Aid Procedures: Notification

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

Representative from a National Authority of a Member State (invited)

   
13:00  Lunch Break
   
14:00

State Aid Procedures: Recovery

  • Non-compliance and recovery of unlawful aid
  • Practical case: How to recover unlawful aid?

 Representative from a National Authority of a Member State (invited)

15:00

Regional Aid

  • 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?

Representative from the European Commission, Brussels (invited)

15:30

Case Study: Regional Aid in Practice

Representative from the European Commission, Brussels (invited)

15:45

Coffee Break

16:15

State aid for R&D&I

  • Rules on R&D&I in GBER
  • Framework for R&D&I
  • Non-economic research vs economic research
  • Collaboration between research organisations and undertakings

Marijana Liszt, Attorney at law, Liszt & Posavec, Zagreb

16:45

Case Study: R&D&I Aid in Practice

Marijana Liszt, Attorney at law, Liszt & Posavec, Zagreb

17:00

Environmental and Energy Aid

  • 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 experience

Marijana Liszt, Attorney at law, Liszt & Posavec, Zagreb

17:30

Case Study: Environmental and Energy Aid in Practice
Marijana Liszt, Attorney at law, Liszt & Posavec, Zagreb

   
17:45

Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 2

18:00 End of Day 2
   


Day 3: Friday, 23 March 2018

State Aid and Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI)

Chair: Mihalis Kekelekis (invited)

   
08:30

Concept of Services of General Economic Interest in the EU Treaties and Application of the Commission´s SGEI Package

  • Defining SGEI – the “G” – what makes the service of General interest?
  • How does this relate in the regulations and case law?
  • Main characteristics of SGEI
  • How to avoid errors in defining SGEI?
  • SGEI communication
  • SGEI de minimis Regulation
  • SGEI Decision
  • SGEI Framework
  • Implementation and experiences of 2011 revised rules on SGEI

Olga Simeon, State Aid Transport, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

10:00

Coffee Break

10:30

Altmark Criteria and Critical Issues in the Design of Altmark-compliant Measures

  • The Altmark criteria as interpreted in the commission´s case practice
  • How to design Altmark-compliant measures
  • How public procurement and State aid rules interact? 

Olga Simeon

   
12:00  Lunch Break
   
13:00

SGEI for Special Sectors incl. Case Studies

  • Public transport
  • Broadband
  • Social housing and health sector

Olga Simeon and Mihalis Kekelekis (invited)

14:30

Coffee Break & Networking

15:00

Problem-Solving Session and Final Discussion

  • Discuss your individual cases questions in full confidentiality

 Olga Simeon and Mihalis Kekelekis (invited)

   
16:00

Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 3

16:15 End of the Summer Course & Distribution of Certificates

 

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