29 November - 30 November 2018 | Brussels

Workshop, 29 November 2018

09:30 Registration & Welcome Coffee


Welcome & Introduction into the Workshop

Chair: Michael Schütte, Schütte Law, Brussels


Morning Session: Non-Economic Activities and No Effect on Trade – Status Quo of the Notion of Aid

  • 2 years after the Commissions’ Notice on the Notion of Aid: What is still relevant?
  • Economic vs. non-activities – the cases Slovak Health Insurance and Spanish Catholic Church
  • State Resources: ENEA – Revival of Preussen Electra?
  • The ‘no effect on trade’ doctrine – When does it apply?
  • Interrelation of NOA and GBER – When to apply the GBER?
  • Effect on trade of local infrastructure – the case Izola Marina (T-728/17)

13:00 Lunch Break


Afternoon Session: Making Infrastructure Projects Lawful Using the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER)

  • What's allowable under the GBER? – addressing the questions around its practical application, including incentive effect, reporting, thresholds and cumulation
  • The interplay between ESIF and GBER (incl. Article 61 Revenue Generating Projects)
  • Local Infrastructure under Art. 56 GBER – A  practical example of how to meet the requirements
  • Modification of the GBER – what can be expected?

17:00 Final Discussion and Concluding Remarks

17:30 End of the Workshop


Expert Panel:

Chair: Michael Schütte, Schütte Law, Brussels

  • April Pelin
    Case Handler, State aid Policy and Case support, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

  • Olga Simeon
    Policy Officer, State aid Transport, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels (tbc)

  • Hans Arno Petzold
    Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport, Employment, Technology, and Tourism of the State of Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel

  • Alexander Rose
    Legal Director, DWF LLP, Newcastle Upon Tyne

  • Alvaro Pliego Selie
    Principal Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Amsterdam



Conference, 30 November 2018

08:30 Registration & Welcome Coffee

09:00 Welcome on behalf of EStALI


Session I: Recent Case-Law and Current Developments in EU State Aid Law


Keynote: Recent Case-Law from the EU Courts

Viktor Kreuschitz, Judge, General Court of the European Union, Luxembourg

10:00 Keynote Panel: The Multiannual Framework 2021-27, Revision of GBER, Brexit: What is to be Expected for State Aid Practitioners?

  • Changes of the Enabling Regulation and revision of the GBER
  • Impact of Brexit on the application of State aid rules and on EU-UK Trade

Karl Soukup, Director, State aid: General Scrutiny and Enforcement, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

Nicola Pesaresi, Deputy Chief Negotiator, Article 50 Task Force, European Commission, Brussels (tbc)

11:00 Coffee Break

11:30 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 Retegal

Chair: Andreas Bartosch, Partner, Kemmlers, Brussels

Paul-John Loewenthal
, Member of the Legal Service (AIDE Team), European Commission, Brussels
Hanns-Peter Nehl, Référendaire, General Court of the European Union, Luxembourg
José Luís Buendia Sierra, Partner, Garrigues, Brussels

13:00 Lunch Break

14:00 Session III: Complaints, National Courts and Arbitrators
  • 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
  • The vulnerable role of the complainant
  • 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

Christian Koenig
, Director, Center for European Integration Studies, Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Bonn

Antonios Bouchagiar
, Member of the Legal Service, European Commission, Brussels; Academic director EStALI Conference
Paschalis Paschalidis, Référendaire, Court of Justice, Luxembourg
Genevra Forwood, Counsel, White & Case, Brussels, London

15:45 Coffee Break

16:15 Session IV: Interactive Session: Practical Case Study on Private Enforcement

Speaker: Michael Honoré, Partner, Bech-Bruun Law Firm, Copenhagen; Academic director EStALI Conference

17:15 Final Résumé & End of the EStALI Autumn Conference

*Programme may be subject to change.



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