4th European Summer Academy: State Aid 2014

By News Editor / Updated: 15 Oct 2014
Monday 02 June 2014 at 03:01
Wednesday 04 June 2014 at 03:01
Language: English
Past event
State aid elements are difficult to identify. The very wide definition of State aid causes a high risk, especially for the recipients of support. The challenge for national
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.

The 4th European Summer Academy: State Aid 2014 will provide deepened training on practical State aid issues. Due to its workshop character participants
delve deep into legal case studies to clear out difficulties with identification and definition of State aid. At the core of this event are the new developments in the
course of the State aid Modernisation (SAM) undertaken by the European Commission. Public authorities need to be prepared for the challenges which arise when applying the new regulations for de minimis and block exempetion, as well as a range of further revised guidelines.

Besides these 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, how to perform a private investor test and how to manage the notification procedure. These issues are only some of the practical
approaches of this training event. But also other areas such as recovery policy, sector specific rules, forms of procedure and the legal backgrounds will be covered.

This set of skills will provide each participant with the ability to check individual cases on the eventuality of State aid implications. The initial screening and review to
ensure that measures or projects comply with State aid rules are important tools to be mastered. 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