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21 August - 24 August 2018 | Lake Como, near Milan

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Overview:

Day 1: Concept & Assessment of State Aid

Day 2: State Aid Exemptions: De Minimis & GBER and State Aid Procedures

Day 3: SGEI & Main Horizontal Guidelines

Day 4: Infrastructure Funding in Compliance with State Aid


 

Day 1: Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Concept & Assessment of State Aid
 
 08:30 

 Registration & Welcome Coffee

09:00

 Welcome Note & Introduction Round

 Chair: Phedon Nicolaides, Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges
 and the Maastricht University; Academic Director at lexxion training

Morning Session
09:30

 System and Structure of State Aid Control in the EU

  • Modernisation Initiative
  • Responsibilities of the European Commission, Member States and beneficiaries

 Phedon Nicolaides

10:15

 Coffee Break & Networking

10:45

 Concept and Principles of State Aid

  • The requirements of Art. 107 TFEU
  • The notion of aid
  • The notion of undertaking
  • Economic vs. non-economic activity
  • Determining advantage and selectivity of measures

 Phedon Nicolaides

12:30

 Lunch Break

13:30

 Case Studies & Working Groups Exercise:
 Does a Measure Fulfil the Criteria of Art. 107 TFEU and
 Constitute State Aid?

 Phedon Nicolaides

 

 

15:00  Coffee Break & Networking
   
Afternoon Session
15:30

 Compatibility Assessment of State Aid

  • Is there a need for a subsidy?
  • Appropriateness of State aid measure
  • Funding gap method and market failure
  • Incentive effect and proportionality
  • Avoidance of undue negative effects on competition and trade between Member States
  • Transparency and evaluation

 Phedon Nicolaides

16:30

 Practical Exercise: The Market Economy Operator Principle
 (MEOP)

  • When is a public measure State aid – The notion of advantage
  • The State as economic actor and public authority
  • The MEO test in practice: When and how to apply it?

  Phedon Nicolaides


17:30

 Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 1

17:45  End of Day 1

19:00  Common Dinner & Networking
   

Day 2: Wednesday, 22 August 2018

State Aid Exemptions: De Minimis & GBER and State Aid Procedures
 
Morning Session

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

09:00

 De minimis Regulation

  • Application of Regulation 1407/2013
  • Thresholds, gross grant equivalent and cumulation

 Petra Nemeckova, Member of the Legal Service, AIDE Team (State
 aids and dumping), European Commission, Brussels

09:30

 General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER)

  • The new GBER rules: Common and specific provisions
  • Scope and categories of exempted aid
  • Thresholds, incentive effect, cumulation rules

 Petra Nemeckova, Member of the Legal Service, AIDE Team (State
 aids and dumping), European Commission, Brussels

11:00

 Coffee Break & Networking

11:30  GBER: Best Practice for Application in Member States
  • Experiences and challenges with the practical application of GBER
  • How to design your project in compliance with GBER rules?
  • Discussion and Q&A

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

   
13:00  Lunch Break
   
Afternoon Session
14:00

 State Aid Procedures: Notification & Recovery of Unlawful Aid

  • Notification procedure: The new Regulation 2015/1589
  • What needs to be notified and how?
  • Types of procedures
  • Practical Case: How to Notify a Measure?
  • Non-compliance and recovery of unlawful aid
  • Practical Case: How to Recover Unlawful Aid?
 Marianne Clayton, Partner, Clayton & Segura - State Aid Lawyers, Brussels
15:30

 Coffee Break & Networking

16:00  Practical Exercise on a Fictional Case: Procedural Rules, GBER & Notion of
 Aid – When to Notify?


 Marianne Clayton, Partner, Clayton & Segura - State Aid Lawyers, Brussels
   
17:30

 Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 2

17:45  End of Day 2
   

Day 3: Thursday, 23 August 2018

SGEI & Main Horizontal Guidelines
   
Morning Session
09:00

 Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI)

  • Concept of SGEI
  • Recent judgements and Commission decisions
  • SGEI Package (2012) and Altmark criteria
  • How to define a market gap?
  • How to calculate compensation?
  • How to notify SGEI aid?

 Olga Simeon, Case Handler, State aid Transport, DG Competition, European 
 Commission, Brussels

10:30

 Coffee Break & Networking

11:00

 Case Studies: SGEI Rules in Different Sectors

  • Health and Social Services
  • Social housing
  • Public transport

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

   
12:30  Lunch Break
   
 Afternoon Session
13:30

 Regional Aid & Practical Cases

  • 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?
  • Practical experiences

 Anita Gyürkés, Acting Head of Department, State Aid Monitoring Office,
 Budapest

14:30

 Coffee Break & Networking

15:00

 State aid for R&D&I & Practical Cases

  • The new Framework for State Aid for R&D&I
  • Non-economic research vs economic research
  • Collaboration between research organisations and undertakings
  • GBER rules
  • Practical experience


Marijana Liszt, Partner, Liszt & Posavec Law Firm, Zagreb

16:00

 Environmental and Energy Aid & Practical Cases

  • 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 experiences

 Petra Nemeckova, Member of the Legal Service, AIDE Team (State
 aids and dumping), European Commission, Brussels

   
17:00

 Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 3

17:15

 End of Day 3 

18:15  Evening event: Boat Tour & Common Dinner
   

Day 4: Friday, 24 August 2018

Infrastructure Funding in Compliance with State Aid
   
Morning Session
09:00

 Funding of Infrastructure in Compliance with State Aid

  • Infrastructure Funding in regional policy
  • Funding infrastructure after Leipzig/Halle: What are public authorities still al-lowed to finance?
  • MEIP and its application to infrastructure funding
  • Compatibility principles of infrastructure funding
  • The 20% rule of infrastructure funding

 Anita Gyürkés, Acting Head of Department, State Aid Monitoring Office,  Budapest

 Marijana Liszt, Partner, Liszt & Posavec Law Firm, Zagreb

10:30

 Coffee Break & Networking

11:00

 Practical Exercises and Group Work on Infrastructure Funding:

  • Transport infrastructure
  • Financing of airports
  • Research infrastructure
  • Sport and multifunctional recreational infrastructures
  • Public Utilities infrastructure: water, sewerage and waste

 Anita Gyürkés, Acting Head of Department, State Aid Monitoring Office,  Budapest

 Olga Simeon, Case Handler, State aid Transport, DG Competition, European
 Commission, Brussels

 Participants will work on cases. The results will be presented and
 discussed commonly.

   
13:00  Lunch Break

14:00

 Problem-Solving Session and Final Discussion

 Discuss your individual cases and questions in full confidentiality

   
15:00

 Summary and Lessons Learnt of Day 4 and the Summer Course

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


*Programme can be subject to change.

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