State aid in the management of the ESI Funds

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Thematic seminars - State Aid in Energy Projects

Date: Tuesday 21 June 2016 09:00-17:00

Venue: Hotel Crowne Plaza Brussels, Rue Gineste 3, 1210 Brussels (metro Rogier)

All Member States plan to invest ESI Funds in projects in energy infrastructure, renewables and energy efficiency schemes. All these investments, of course, need to be compatible with the internal market rules and should not distort competition. However, State aid issues are frequently raised by Managing Authorities as a concern during both conception and implementation of their support schemes in this area.

Taking into account this background, the European Commission has taken the initiative to assist colleagues from national authorities on state aid issues. As a practival contribution, the European Commission services are organising a seminar on State Aid in Energy Projects, taking place in Brussels on June 21st, 2016.

The seminar is dedicated to practicioners involved in the management of the ESI Funds with the purpose to provide them with concrete and practical examples on how to deal with State aid in the energy sector. The seminar will be interactive and hands-on, dealing with concrete cases and exchanging good practices and lessons learnt in order to provie pragmatic ideas and solutions.

Agenda pdf





Registration and welcome coffee




(Mr. P. Boijmans)


State aid rules for energy PPT

(Ms. D. Barglazan)


Current challenges related to application of State aid in the field of Energy PPT

State aid expert (Ms. Maria J. Segura, lawyer)


Questions and answers



Coffee break



Application of State aid in energy – perspective of beneficiaries PPT

(Mr. P. Cruz Yabar)


State aid rules for energy
- Key issues identified by practitioners PPT

(Ms. M. Skaringer and Ms. Y. Simon)


Questions and answers



Wrap up of the morning sessions and introduction to the afternoon workshops

DG REGIO (P.Boijmans)





Workshops on 3 case studies (120´, rotation after 60´) PPT
Case study 1: Renewables
Case study 2: Energy Efficiency
Case study 3: Energy infrastructure

Discussions and practical work around principal questions:

  1. Is it State aid? If not, how to justify?
  2. Can it be classified under GBER, de minimis or an existing escheme (no notification)
    Yes/No: Please, justify.
  3. If you need to notify your measure/state aid scheme to the EC, what legal framework would you follow and what requirements/assessment are needed?

Chairs (DG COMP – Ms. D. Barglazan, Ms. Z. Mincheva and Mr. Ch. Peolidis)
Rapporteurs (DG REGIO - Ms. D. Perrin, Ms. Y. Simon and JASPERS Mr. P. Cruz Yabar)


Coffee break



Reporting from the workshops
- Solutions for the case studies



Conclusion and closure

(Mr. P. Boijmans)

For more information write to or call Ms Denisa Perrin at +32 2- 298-00-61.

 * Please be informed that the plenary sessions of the seminar will be filmed and that the images of part or of the whole event will be web cast and/or recorded. Full speeches or parts of them may be reused for internal documentation or in any public communication activity or pedagogical project. Your participation to this public seminar involves the acceptance of being filmed and no restriction fee will be asked for any use of reuse of the recorded images.