8 March - 9 March 2018 | Lisbon, Portugal

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Day 1: Thursday, 8th March 2018

08:30    Registration & Welcome Coffee

09:00  Welcoming and Introduction Round

The Concept of State aid

  • 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

Eduardo Maia Cadete, Consultant, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, Lisbon


The Proceedings Before the European Commission – Notifications and Reviewing Procedures

  • Procedural Regulation 2015/1589 and Implementing Regulation 2015/2282, Art. 107-109 TFEU and other sources of EU/national law
  • Preliminary investigation
  • Beneficiaries’ role in negotiation procedures
  • Protection of confidential information
  • Implications for national legislation

Eduardo Cabrera Maqueda, Case Handler on State Aid, Directorate-General for Competition (DG COMP), European Commission, Brussels


Q&A and Discussion


Coffee Break & Networking


Case Study: Overview of Latest Decisions & Borderline Cases

  • Review of recent decisions
  • Examples of border-line cases with
    • State aid qualification, e.g. fiscal measures, SGEI
    • new aid or existing aid
    • specific cases of co-financing with EU subsidies (e.g. regional development, agriculture)

Philipp Melcher, Consultant, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, Lisbon

13:15 Lunch Break

14:15 Responsibilities of Member States Vis-à-vis State Aid Beneficiaries
  • National authorities in dialogue with Beneficiaries: expectations vs. reality
  • Strict liability of the Member State and State aid beneficiary and its impact on the beneficiary
  • Importance of a clear definition of Member States’ responsibilities
  • Problem of negligence and of failure to grant State aid
  • Negative effects of overlong procedureson
Simon Morger, Head of Government Programmes, Jaguar Land Rover, UK 

Case Study - Responsibilities of MS

15:45 Summary of the Results of Day 1, Q&A and Final Discussion

16:00 End of Day 1
Day 2: Friday, 9th March 2018

The Recovery of Illegal Aid


Case management, Complaints and Compliance - Practical Guidance from the In House-Perspective
In house case management for State aid procedures

  • Ensuring State aid compliance within the beneficiary
  • Identifying chances for State aid complaints - and how to deal with them
  • The role of private enforcement in the field of State aid and its implications for beneficiaries and complainants

Udo Woll, Head of State Aid Law Unit, Deutsche Bahn AG, Berlin

10:30 Recovery of Illegal Aid – Problems & Pitfalls for Member States and Beneficiaries
(including practical examples/case study)
  • Legitimate expectations and absolute impossibility
  • Effective and immediate recovery
  • Recovery in case of indirect aid (tax benefits)
  • Liability after M&A transactions
  • Recovery in case of State guarantees

Ulrich Soltész, LL.M., Partner, Gleiss Lutz, Brussels

11:30 Coffee Break


Recovery of Illegal Aid – Problems & Pitfalls for Member States and Beneficiaries (continued)

  • Exceptional cases in which aid cannot be recovered & legitimate expectations
  • Border-line cases: interpretation of Commission decisions and their scope
  • Specific cases of collective procedures
12:30 Problem-solving Session:
You are invited to send us your questions beforehand to make sure that your particular problems/cases will be addressed during this session.

12:45 Summary and Final Q&A, Distribution of Certificates of Participation

12:45 Light Lunch & End of the Workshop

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Benefits of attending

  • Receive detailed information on currently debated State aid issues and recent cases
  • Participate in discussion rounds 
  • Network and exchange with experts from all over Europe

Workshop material - No need to miss anything!
If you were unable to make it to the workshop, you may want to order a copy of the printed material including the access data to all presentations shown during the events. The price is € 199,- (each, excl. of VAT). If interested, please contact Gaël Langosch.


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