The first part of the training session will be an introduction to demand-side measures and voucher schemes, comprising presentations and discussions with speakers from DG GROW, the World Bank, and BCO Denmark. During the second part of the training session, Pietro Pantalissi of DG COMP will address the State aid implications of demand-side measures and voucher schemes. Registration for this training session is open to all members of the European Broadband Competence Offices (BCOs) Network until the end of May.

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In the first part, DG GROW will present on public funds for voucher schemes. Two case studies will be presented by the World Bank and BCO Denmark.

During the second part of the training session, Mr Pantalissi will first present the 'de minimis' rule and the presence of aid, followed by the conditions for compatibility, and finally, market impact.

Throughout the day, each presentation will be followed by a discussion, and conclusions will be presented at the closing of the training session.


This is the sixth training session organised by the BCO Network Support Facility in partnership with DGs CNECT, AGRI, REGIO and COMP.

These training sessions are part of a capacity-building knowledge-exchange programme run by the BCO Network Support Facility in order to connect and strengthen the BCO Network, support broadband roll-out in urban, rural and remote regions, and contribute to achieving the EU Digital Single Market and Gigabit Society objectives.

Read more about the 2018 programme of the BCO Network Support Facility.

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