25 October - 26 October 2018 | Brussels


The  EU  environmental  and  energy  aid  guidelines have been  fundamentally  revised  and  extended.

In the programming period 2014-2020 the focus is more than ever on investments in sustainable energy in order to achieve the EU2020 targets: The shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors as well as a strong emphasis on renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE), resulting in almost a doubling of investment amounts in sustainable energy over 2014-2020.

Compliance with EU State aid rules is of crucial importance and still remains challenging for State aid practitioners due to their complexity in the field of energy and environment: The revised Environmental and Energy Guidelines (EEAG) have strengthened the authorities’ approach to assess whether State aid exists or is compatible with the EU internal market. Since the scope of the guidelines has been extended to the energy field, it now includes measures related to energy infrastructure projects, generation adequacy measures and energy intensive users. Furthermore, the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER), by which a huge number of measures are covered, has considerably been altered.



Day 1

  • Concept and principles of State aid
  • The EU’s energy policy and interplay with State aid regime
  • Analysis of most relevant case-law for energy and environmental sectors
  • The Environmental and Energy State Aid Guidelines
  • Granting aid in compliance with the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER)
  • Workshop: Practical examples & group work on State aid measures in the energy sector

Day 2

  • State aid for resource adequacy
  • State aid for energy efficiency
  • Best practice and examples of effective energy efficiency financing
  • State aid & environmental taxes
  • State aid for renewable resources
  • Practical application and case studies: State aid for renewables

Structure & Methodology

The training will provide you a comprehensive overview of the current State aid control system in the energy sector. Various presentations, practical exercises and group work will enable you to apply the guideline and the GBER in the field of energy and environment correctly in practice. Furthermore, you will become familiar with the specific rules and conditions for investment and operating aid in the fields of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies.

This training will be conducted by renowned experts EU and Member States’ institutions, as well as leading law firms and consultancies.
The Lexxion Training Method combines the three stages of learning to ensure that the participants obtain the best possible understanding of EU rules:

  1. Identification of the main points or principles;
  2. Appreciation of the complexities and limitation of the principles, and
  3. Application of the principles.

The participants will be actively involved in the course. The sessions will combine presentations, case studies and discussion on practical problems. You will have ample opportunities to present your own problematic issues and discuss them with the speakers and participants from other Member States.
Just send to us your cases and questions in advance! We will forward them to our speakers, who will include your issues in the programme and answer them during the training. All information concerning such problems and cases will be treated confidentially.

What participants of the previous training in 2017 said:

"The training on EU State Aid Law for Energy and Environment was very informative, all professional speakers were happy to share their extensive knowledge about the topics."   

"State Aid can be more diverse than you ever imagined!"    

"The maximum size of the group is a very important feature of this course and its success. All participants were full ability to engage directly with each presenter and each other."   


Target Group

  • Managing Authorities and Intermediate Bodies involved in programmes for Energy and Environment
  • Ministries for Energy and Environment
  • Energy Agencies
  • National, Regional and Local Development Agencies
  • Development banks, public and private banks
  • Consultants and lawyers in the Energy and Environment sector
  • Beneficiaries of ESI Funds and/or EU direct programmes

Workshop Material - No need to miss anything!

If you are 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 event.
The price is € 199,- (excl. of VAT). If interested, please contact Juliana Veit.





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