29 November - 30 November 2018 | Brussels


This year's EStALI Autumn Conference takes place in Brussels. The conference provides a perfect platform to meet and network with various experts from DG Competition and EU Courts THE leading place for the State aid community to meet and to receive an update and detailed insight into the currently most debated issues in EU State aid law.


Workshop | Day 1

The intensive workshop on the first day will give participants a profound insight into currently debated State aid issues, which will be explored and discussed in a small group, thus giving sufficient room for interaction, lively debates and your individual questions. During the workshop, 2 topics will be discussed intensively.

Conference | Day 2

The conference on Friday provides you with an update and detailed insight into the currently most debated issues in European State aid law, considering most topical developments and latest cases:

Session I: Recent Case-Law and Current Developments

  • Recent case-law from the EU Courts
  • The Multi-annual Financial Framework 2021-27: Implications for State Aid
  • Amendment of the Enabling Regulation and Revision of the GBER

Session II: Selectivity - Tax Cases and Beyond

  • German Sanierungsklausel (C-203/16 P): How to select the reference framework
  • What lessons from the Spanish trilogy? C-20/15 P World Duty Free, C-233/16 ANGED, C-128/16 P Spanish Tax Lease
  • How must selectivity be reasoned? C-70/16 P Comunidad Autónoma de Galicia and Retegal v Commission

Session III: Private Enforcement: National Courts and Arbitrators
Increased Role in an Era that the Commission is “Big on Big Things and Small on Small Things”?

  • State aid as a “shield” in national court proceedings and res judicata: C-505/14 Klausner, T-185/15 Buonotourist
  • State aid as a “sword” in national court proceedings: what remedies are available?
  • Recovery of payments hypothecated to aid? State liability? Control of GBER implementation?
  • Actions before EU courts vs actions before national courts: C-135/16 Georgsmarienhütte
  • Can national courts be grantors of aid? C-590/14 P DEI
  • Can a beneficiary “force” a Member State to notify?
  • Can State aid law be entrusted to arbitrators? C-284/16 Achmea

Session IV: Fictitious Case on Private Enforcement

Update your State aid knowledge thanks to a number of highly topical presentations from our renowned experts, which is drawn from EU judiciary, the EU Commission, academia and private legal practice, allowing an insight into the topics from different angles. Q&A sessions leave time for exchange and discussion with colleagues from several EU Member States – use the great networking opportunity!

Who should participate?

  • Private legal practitioners
  • Representatives from public authorities on national, regional and local level
  • Representatives from public and private banks
  • Industry representatives and in-house counsels dealing with State aid law
  • Economists
  • Academics

What participants of the EStALI Autumn Conference 2017 said:

"Highly topical matters, excellent speakers, both from authorities & private practice which turned into to be the perfect recipe for lively and instructive discussions!"

"Really helpful conference to get deeper into the State Aid's concept thanks to the highly detailed expositions of the speakers."

"The workshop and the whole organisation was wonderful, there is nothing more to add."


Benefits of attending

  • Get updated on latest State aid developments and recent case-law
  • Become familiar with the State Aid Modernisation initiative and the upcoming challenges
  • Receive expert guidance from high-level experts and practitioners from EU and national level
  • Use the great networking opportunity


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