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20 April - 22 April 2017 | Golfhotel Kaiserin Elisabeth (Empress "Sissi") Tutzingerstr. 2, 82340 Feldafing, Lake Starnberg, Germany

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Overview

With its recent published Notice on the Notion of Aid the Commission aims to contribute to a consistent application of the concept of aid and, among others, outlines the main principles of the notion of undertaking and the concept of economic activity. The decisive element in designating an entity as an undertaking is the nature of its activities. A further crucial question in defining an activity as economic is whether according corresponding market exists.

The practice however often reveals how difficult it can be to draw the dividing line between economic and non-economic activities and/or to identify that activities are carried out within a market. In addition, the question of how to treat public authorities that are active in commercial markets remains challenging: Does the commercial strand of a public authority benefit from de facto guarantees? Are public undertakings – and their daughters – required to adhere to the Market Economy Operator Principle?

This intensive seminar will discuss different facets of the concept of economic activity, taking into consideration latest rulings of the courts and Commission decisions as well as the application of the Market Economy Operator Principle. The concept of economic activity willbe discussed, among others, in relation to crucial areas such as infrastructure funding, public utilities and networks as well as Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI).

The EStAL Seminar 2017 will provide an in-depth examination and discussion of the most important topics pertaining to economic and non-economic activities and the question of how to treat a public authority performing as economic actor:

  • Session I: Public Authorities between Economic and Non-Economic Activities
  • Session II: Practical Challenges: In-house Separation, State Guarantees and Recovery
  • Session III: How to Apply the Market Economy Operator Test?
  • Session IV: Sectors Close to the Boundary: Utilities, Infrastructure, Health and Social Security
  • Session V: Problem-Solving Session, Practical Cases & Final Discussion Round

You are highly welcome to send your individual questions and/or important issues beforehand – our experts look forward to answering your questions and giving you first-hand advice!

Methodology

During the two and a half-day programme, you will have ample room to profoundly look into the diverse aspects of the given subject thanks to a high variety of dense and topical presentations, case-studies, brain-storming rounds and in-depth discussion of your individual questions. The coffee and lunch breaks as well as social and leisure activities alongside the sessions provide a perfect platform for (informal) exchange and networking.

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 seminar. All information concerning your questions and cases will be treated confidentially.

 

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