State aid in the management of the ESI Funds

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Thematic seminars - State aid in Transport

Date: Thursday 1 December 2016 09:00-16:45

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

All Member States plan to invest ESIF in transport projects related to infrastructure, rolling stock or urban transport systems. These investments need to be compatible with the internal market rules and should not distort competition. However, state aid issues are frequently raised by the managing authorities as a problem for assessing if transport projects are affected by state aid and how to deal with it.

Against this background, the European Commission has taken the initiative to assist colleagues from national authorities on state aid issues when preparing ESIF-supported programmes and projects. As a practical contribution, the European Commission services (DG Regional and Urban Policy and DG Competition) are organising a seminar on State aid in transport on 1 December 2016 in Brussels.

The seminar is dedicated to practitioners involved in management of the European Structural Investment Funds with the aim to provide them with concrete and practical examples on how to deal with State aid in transport projects. The seminar will be interactive and hands-on, dealing with concrete cases and exchanging good practices and lessons learnt in order to provide pragmatic ideas and solutions.

The working language will be English.

Registration

Practical Information pdf

Agenda

 

Session

Speakers

08:30-09:00

Registration and welcome coffee

 

09:00-09:15

Introduction (15')

P. Boijmans
DG REGIO

09:15-10:30

State aid rules relevant for transport sector (45')PDF

Alex Amelotti/Lida Balta
DG COMP

 

Current challenges related to application of State aid in the transport sector (15´) PDF

P.Nicolaides
Expert

 

Questions and answers (15´)

 

10:30-11:00

Coffee break

 

11:00-12:30

Rules on state aid in transport - Key issues identified by practitioners (30´) PDF

Y.Simon
DG REGIO

 

Application of State aid in urban transport – perspective of the Member States (20´) PDF

A.Carrarini
JASPERS

 

Questions and answers (30´)

 

12:30-13:30

Lunch

 

13:30-15:30

Workshops on 3 case studies (120´, rotation after 60´)

  • Ports (maritime, inland)
  • Roads and motorways (incl. tolling system)
  • Rolling stock (particularly in railway sector, eventually urban transport)

Discussions and practical work around principal questions:

  1. Is it State aid? If not, how to justify?
  2. Can it be classified under GBER (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: B.Sasinowska, A.Amelotti/L.Balta, J.Smallwood
(DG COMP)

Rapporteurs (DG REGIO)

15:30-16:00

Coffee break

 

16:00-16:30

Reporting from the workshops
- Solutions for the case studies

Rapporteurs
(DG REGIO)

16:30-16:45

Conclusion and closure

P. Boijmans
DG REGIO

For more information write to Regio-E1-administrative-capacity@ec.europa.eu .

 * 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.