14 June - 15 June 2018 | Copenhagen

Forum Programme

Forum Day 2 


Registration & Welcome Coffee


Welcome on behalf of EStALI

Session I: Recent Case-Law and Current Developments in EU State Aid Law


Recent Case-Law from the European Court of Justice

Henrik Saugmandsgaard Øe, Advocate General, Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg


Keynote Address & Debate: Decisions on Tax Rulings and on Marginal Effect on Trade: How far can the Commission go in Unchartered Territories?

Gert-Jan Koopman, Deputy Director-General State Aids, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

Eelco van der Stok, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Amsterdam

Chair of the Session: Michael Honoré, Partner, Bech Brunn Law Firm, Copenhagen


Coffee Break


Session II: The Market Economy Operator Principle: Moving the Tectonic Plates of the Notion of Aid

  • Different tests for creditor vs investor cases?
  • Who bears the burden of proof?
  • Does the exposure to previous aid measures matter?
  • Recent case-law, e.g. Larko (T-423/14), SNCM (T-1/15), Frucona Kosice (C-300/16), SACE (C-472/15), EDF (T-747/15)

Antonios Bouchagiar, Member of the Legal Service (AIDE Team), European Commission, Brussels

Christian Berger, Senior Advisor, Division for Competition, State Aid and Framework Conditions, Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation

Nicole Robins, Partner, Oxera Consulting LLP, Brussels

Chair: Grith Skovgaard Ølykke, Ph.d., Director, Kammeradvokaten, Copenhagen   


Lunch Break


Session III: Interactive Break-out Panels
(please choose among the three panels)

  Panel I:
Material Selectivity in the Fiscal Area
– Latest Developments and Practical Implications

Michael Honoré, Partner, Bech Brunn Law Firm, Copenhagen

  Panel II:
Regional Aid
– Relocation, Process Innovation & Incentive Effect

Jan Philipp Otter
, Partner, PwC Legal, Hamburg

  Panel III:
State Resources and Imputability

Kathrin Blanck-Putz, Member of the Legal Service (AIDE Team), European Commission, Brussels


Coffee Break


Session IV: Recovery of Aid – Prevention and Treatment

  • How can recovery of aid be avoided?
  • New vs existing aid
  • How is recovery implemented?
  • Recent case-law and its practical implications, e.g. Italian milk quota (C-467/15), DEI (C-590/14), Euralumina (C-323/16), Spanish church schools (C-74/16), Commission v Greece (C-363/16), Commission v Belgium (C-591/14)

Luca Rossi, Deputy Head of Unit, Enforcement and Monitoring, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

Ulrich Soltész, Partner, Gleiss Lutz, Brussels


End of the EStALI Interactive Forum



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