14 June - 15 June 2018 | Copenhagen

Workshop Programme

Workshop Day 1 
Chair of the Workshop: Michael Schütte, Schütte Law, Brussels

09:30 Registration & Welcome Coffee


Welcome & Introduction to the Workshop

10:15 Morning Session: GBER in Practice – Legal Uncertainties

Interpretation and practical application of GBER: Experiences from Member States and Q&A with the European Commission

  • Granting aid in compliance with GBER: Observing all requirements
    • Checking all prerequisites, in particular the incentive effect
    • Verifying eligible costs, aid amounts and intensities
  • GBER and beyond: What and when do you have to notify? What are your reporting duties?
  • Formal and procedural requirements of GBER - how to avoid recovery?
  • Discussion of the challenges/problems of the Member States and the findings from ex-post monitoring of the Commission
13:00 Lunch Break


Afternoon Session: The State as Economic Actor or Private Investor: How to Ensure Market Conformity

Interpretation and discussion of the concepts of economic activity, advantage and the MEO Principle

  • Concept of advantage and conformity of State behaviour with market rules
  • When does a public measure create an advantage to undertakings - Art 107(1) and Notion of Aid
  • Assessment of existence of aid and how to quantify it: Applying the MEIP and MEOP
17:00 Final Discussion and Concluding Remarks

17:30 End of the Workshop

Expert Panel:

  • Michael Schütte, Schütte Law, Brussels (Chair)

  • Salim Medghoul
    Deputy Head of Unit State aid Policy and Case support, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

  • Alexander Rose
    Lawyer, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, Newcastle Upon Tyne

  • Xavier Boutin, Senior Consultant, Compass Lexecon, Brussels

  • Michel Debroux, Partner, DS Avocats, Paris

Evening get-together for all participants of the EStALI Forum (to book optionally)
Guided tour at Carlsberg Museum and Brewery with drinks followed by Dinner



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