8th European Summer Academy STATE AID 2018
GBER • Notification • SGEI • Recovery
Identifying State aid elements is difficult. The very wide definition of State aid causes a high risk, especially for the recipients of support. The challenge for national, regional and local authorities is to decide which measure requires notification. Failure to notify a measure, which is subsequently found to involve aid, may result in the repayment of aid granted, which can bring drastic consequences for its beneficiary. Particularly providers of national and EU funding need to ensure that aid schemes comply with EU State aid rules, otherwise entire projects can be at risk of a possible State aid recovery. At the same time, the European Commission has given Member States ample scope when dealing with State aid cases through the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER). Yet, the increased leeway for the Member States also implies that professionals in charge bear the full responsibility to ensure compliance with State aid rules when applying the GBER.
The 8th European Summer Academy “State Aid 2018” is an in-depth training on practical and up-to date State aid issues. Its workshop character gives participants the opportunity to gain deep insights from legal case studies to resolve difficulties with the identification and definition of State aid. Thereby, the latest developments that have an impact on the existing State aid rules are in focus: The European Commission’s recently published Notice on the Notion of State aid as the last part of its modernisation initiative as well as the consequences that derive from the inclusion of new State aid sectors such as seaports and aiports into the GBER.
Besides new regulations, there are numerous areas which will always remain difficult to assess and to manage:
- How to implement the rules for Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI)
- How to solidify the knowledge of the key concepts of the Notion of State aid
- How to manage the Notification Procedure
These issues are only some of the practical questions our experienced speakers will provide answers to. Other important areas such as recovery policy, forms of procedure and the legal backgrounds will be covered during the event, too. After these three-day intensive training practitioners are equipped with a strong set of skills that enables them to evaluate individual cases on the eventuality of State aid implications and to ensure that measures or projects comply with State aid rules.
Profit from an intensive and practical approach to the most challenging aspects of State aid
The 8th European Summer Academy “State Aid 2018” offers a unique opportunity to learn and review in detail all important topics related to State aid as well as detailed information on different State aid regulations.
Our Summer Academy is designed in a way that guarantees a lasting learning success for the participants. Each presentation and case study is followed by a practical session to deepen your knowledge on the lecture’s respective topic. You will have one hour to work on a team exercise. The workshop facilitator will be available to answer your questions and will guide you through the exercise with suggestions and help in case of uncertainties. Towards the end of the session, each group may present their work, compare results with the other groups and discuss further solutions with our experts. After every training module, our experienced speakers prepare a knowledge check which will take place at the end of every training day. You are invited to test your fresh-acquired know-how by participating in these daily knowledge checks. These consist of multiple choice questions based on the main issues discussed previously in the morning and afternoon sessions.
Based on your successful results of the daily knowledge check, you will be awarded a unique diploma of the European Academy for Taxes, Economics & Law.
Decision Makers implementing State aid decisions and schemes as well as public authorities dealing with national funding schemes and European Funds such as:
- Ministries of Economy
- Ministries of Regional Development
- Ministries of Finance
- Ministries of Interior
- Ministries of European Affairs
- Ministries of Research, Science, Technology & Education
- Ministries of Energy & Infrastructure
- Ministries of Transport
- Managing, Audit & Certifying Authorities
- State Aid Monitoring Offices
- National Competition Authorities
- Regional and local authorities responsible for finance and economy
- Courts of Auditors
- Public and private companies applying for or having received State aid
- Competitors of companies having benefited from aid
- Public and private banks
- Law & consultancy firms
Especially invited are Heads of Departments and Units, Managers, Auditors in particular from Departments and Units such as:
- State Aid Unit / State Aid Control
- Legal Department
- Market and Competition
- EU law / EU affairs
- Programmes and Projects
- EU Funds / State aid
- Coordination of EU projects
- Regional Development
- Funding Programmes
- Public Private Partnership
- Budget & Finance
- Learn through legal case studies how to apply State aid concepts in practice and test individual cases on their State aid implications
- Get first-hand information from European Commission experts on the modernisation of the EU State aid law
- Assure that your aid schemes are compatible with EU State aid rules
- Learn how to use the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) and De Minimis successfully
- Receive insights on the Commission’s Notion of Aid Notice
- Become familiar with the package for Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI)
- Avoid the risk of State aid recovery jeopardizing the existence of particular projects
- Develop your knowledge on how to determine whether a public measure contains State aid
- Become familiar with the Framework for State aid for research, development and innovation
- Gain a deep understanding of EU case law concerning the concept of State aid and the procedures for notification
- Find out more on how to increase the efficiency of state support
- Benefit from exchange of experience with our experts and other attendees from all across Europe
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