21 June - 22 June 2017 | Ghent (nearby Brussels, Belgium)


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The link between State Aid Law and the provision of Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI) causes uncertainty among public authorities as they face a conflict of interests: On the one hand, public bodies are obligated to guarantee the supply of public services. On the other hand the providers of SGEI may not be overcompensated and competition may not be distorted. Furthermore, each Member State has the discretion to define which services fall under the SGEI, so the same service can be qualified in different way.

Learn when the compensation for SGEI constitutes State aid and get advice from experts from the European Commission, other Member States and leading law offices.


On day 1 our experts will present to you the State aid concept and framework applying to the SGEI:

  • Provisions on SGEI in the TFEU and main characteristics of an SGEI
  • Recent developments on the SGEI in the case law
  • SGEI Package: The SGEI Communication  & Altmark Criteria, SGEI Decision and Framework
  • How to Define the Market Gap and Justify Imposition of a Public Service Obligation

Day 2 will focus on the practical application of SGEI rules to various sectors and combine presentations, worskhops and case studies:

  • Workshop on Calculation of Compensation
  • Practical challenges in notification of SGEI aid
  • Funding SGEI infrastructure
  • SGEI in social sector: hospitals, social housing, education


The participants will be actively involved in the training. The sessions will combine presentations, case studies and discussion on practical problems. You will have ample opportunities to present your own problematic issues and discuss them with the speakers and participants from other Member States.
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 training. All information concerning such problems and cases will be treated confidentially.


The regulations on State Aid for SGEI concerns in particular:

  • State Aid Monitoring Offices in the Member States
  • National Ministries and Agencies involved in the regulation and provision of public services, such as: Ministries for:
    • Social Affairs
    • Health
    • Transport
    • Infrastructure
    • Telecommunication
    • Economy and Energy
  • Regional and Communal Governments and City Councils concerned with the provision of social services, health care, public transportation, energy and water supply, waste management and of other public services
  • Companies providing public services both on national and local level
  • Lawyers and consultants specialised in public affairs

WORKSHOP MATERIAL - No need to miss anything!

If you were unable to make it to the workshop you may want to order a copy of the printed material including the access data to all presentations shown during the events. The price is € 199,- (each, excl. of VAT). If interested, please contact Maja Wirbatz.


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