10 December - 11 December 2018 | Barcelona

Please contact Gaël Langosch if you want to receive information.

Programme - Fully booked!

In-depth analysis of important developments and problem solving.

The State Aid Master Class is especially designed for State aid experts, who would like to deepen their knowledge into the latest developments and judgements and discuss their own State aid cases.


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What is new in State aid and what it means for State aid granting authorities.

The sessions on the first day have a twofold purpose. First, they provide a thorough review of the latest Court  rulings and Commission decisions as well as related aspects in the Commission’s Notice on the Notion of Aid.. Second, they draw lessons on how the case law and Commission evolving practice impact the design of “good” State aid measures.

8:30        Registration
9:00 Welcome note and the introduction of the participants


Concept of State Aid

Recent Judgements and Commission Decisions (incl. Coffee break)

  • The concept of economic activity and undertaking
  • How economic activities may be separated from non-economic activities
  • Concept of control of resources by the State
  • Nature of the advantage that undertakings may obtain from State intervention
  • The conditions under which public measure become selective, with special attention to tax measures,
  • The extent to which cross-border trade and competition may be distorted.

13:00 Lunch break


Exceptions for State Aid

Recent Court Rulings and Commission Decisions (incl. Coffee break)

The Master Class will analyse measures approved by the Commission, in the sectors such as:

  • R&D&I
  • Infrastructure
  • Regional investment
  • Risk finance

and measures where aid was prohibited, e.g.;

  • Taxes
  • SGEI
17:00 End of Day I



Problem-solving: How to improve your own State aid measure and ensure its compatibility with Internal market.

The whole day is devoted to the discussion of cases submitted by participants. The lessons drawn from the review of the first day will be used to analyse the problematic aspects of submitted cases and identify possible solutions.

09:00  SPECIAL: Can public procurement exclude State aid? Essential rules and principles of public procurement law

Prof. Christopher Bovis, Chair in Law and Professor of European Business Law, University of Hull and Managing Editor of EPPPL
10:00 Case Analysis & Advice on possible solutions for the problems raised by participants (part I)

11:30 Coffee break

12:00 Case Analysis & Advice (part II)

13:30 Lunch break

14:00 Case Analysis & Advice (part III)

15:30 Coffee break

16:00 Summary & closing discussion


End of the Training


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