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18 October - 19 October 2018 | Rome

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Day 1:  Thursday 18 October 2018

 08:00  Registration & Welcome Coffee

08:30

Welcome Note by Lexxion, Welcome Note by Chair of the Course, Introduction Round

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

09:00

Concept of State Aid and Notification 

  • The requirements of Art. 107 & 108 of the TFEU
  • How to identify State aid
  • Notion of undertaking and economic activity
  • State aid resources and imputability
  • Determining advantage and Market Economy Operator Test (MEOT)
  • Determining selectivity of the measure
  • Effect on trade and distortion of competition
  • The measure is State aid – so what?
  • How to notify a measure?
Phedon Nicolaides, Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges and the Maastricht University; Academic Director at lexxion training

 

11:00

Coffee Break

11:30

Interdependence of State Aid and ESI Funds

  • When do ESI Funds managers have to be aware of State aid
  • Institutions to ensure compliance
  • References in ESIF to State aid
  • References in State aid to ESIF
  • How to avoid State aid
  • How to design efficient State aid measures
  • How much State aid may be granted?
  • State aid tasks of the managing authorities
  • Obstacles and pitfalls for ESIF managers
  • Examples of State aid and ERDF/ESF

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

12:30 Lunch Break

13:30

Brainstorming Exercises on how to Assess if your Measure Constitutes State Aid or Not


  • Is your beneficiary an undertaking?Is it an economic activity?
  • Are State resources involved?
  • Is advantage conferred?
  • Is the measure selective?
  • Does it look like impact on trade?
  • Is there potential to distort competition?
Participants will be offered to analyse real life cases. Basing on State aid criteria and sub-criteria, we will brainstorm, discuss and decide together if State aid is present in the above-mentioned schemes/projects or not.

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

15:00 Coffee Break

 15:30


State Aid Exemptions: De minimis, GBER, SGEI

De minimis Regulation

  • Concept of the De minimis aid
  • Legal framework and scope of de minimis
  • Thresholds and cumulation
  • Exercises on application of the de minimis regulation

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

  General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER)
  • GBER common provisions
  • Scope and categories of exempted aid
  • Thresholds, incentive effect, cumulation rules
  • Publication, reporting and monitoring

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

  Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI)
  • Concept and definition of SGEI
  • Commission´s SGEI Package: SGEI communication, SGEI de minimis regulation, SGEI decision, SGEI framework
  • Critical issues in designing of Altmark-compliant measures
  • Practical application of SGEI

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

17:30 End of Day 1

17:30

Common social activity with all speakers and participants

Day 2, Friday 19 October 2018
 
   08:30              Parallel Interactive Sessions

GBER and its
Application to ESIF

Regional Aid

GBER specific provisions, which are important to ERDF objectives

  • Aid for broadband infrastructures
  • Aid for local infrastructure
  • Aid for airports and ports


GBER specific provisions, which are
important to ESF objectives

  • Training Aid
  • Aid for Employment

Harold Nyssens, Deputy Head of Unit Comp-H1 - Infrastructure and Regional Aid, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

  • Regional aid under the GBER – Implications for member state´s authorities
  • Guidelines on regional State aid
  • Regional maps
  • When does a member state have to notify? Can a member state withdraw a notification?
  • Recent case law involving regional aid


Péter Staviczky
, Attaché for State Aid, Hungarian Permanent Representation, Brussels
Anita Gyürkens, Acting Head of Department, State Aid Monitoring Office, Budapest

10:30       Coffee Break

 11:00       Parallel Interactive Sessions
Funding Infrastructure in Compliance with State Aid Rules
State Aid for Financial Instruments and Risk Finance

  • Funding of infrastructures after the Leipzig/Halle judgement
  • Analytical Grids and checklists on State aid rules applicable to public funding of infrastructure projects
  • Implications for national and EU Funding: what are public authorities still allowed to finance?
  • Services of General economic interest (SGEI)
  • Infrastructure used for non-commercial purposes
  • State Aid Rules to ESI Funded infrastructure projects in specific fields
    • Energy infrastructure
    • R&D&i infrastructure
    • Sport and multifunctional recreational infrastructure
    • Public utilities infrastructure: water, sewerage and waste
    • Local local infrastructure
    • Cultural infrastructure   

Harold Nyssens, Deputy Head of Unit Comp-H1 -Infrastructure and Regional Aid, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

  • Presence of State aid in the area of Financial Instruments
  • State aid at difference levels of Financial Instruments
  • Meaning of the "State resources" for Financial Instruments
  • Application of Market Economy Investor Principle (MEIP) for Financial Instruments
  • How to use De Minimis aid to support Financial Instuments?
  • Risk Finance Guidelines and notification procedure for Financial Instruments
  • Case study on Risk Finance investments for SME's

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

 13:00    Lunch Break

14:00    Parallel Fund Specific Working Groups


ESF Working Group NEW!

ERDF Working Group NEW!

During the ESF working group we will discuss either your individual cases (difficult cases from your day-to-day work) or real-life problematic cases, which were discussed in the national State Aid working groups of different countries.

Péter Staviczky, Attaché for State Aid, Hungarian Permanent Representation, Brussels
Anita Gyürkens, Acting Head of Department, State Aid Monitoring Office, Budapest

During the ERDF working group we will discuss either your individual cases (difficult cases from your day-to-day work) or real-life problematic cases, which were discussed in the national State Aid working groups of different countries.

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


15:30   End of the Interactive Practical Course and Distribution of Certificates

 

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