The first part of the training session will be a general introduction to State aid, comprising presentations and discussions with Professor Phedon Nicolaides from the College of Europe, and Alexandra Manaila of DG Competition. The second part of the training session will address requirements specific to grey areas. 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 general introduction to State aid, Professor Nicolaides will introduce State aid for broadband and the approval process. Ms Manaila will introduce categories of 'no aid' measures, and models of investment and financing.

The second part, addressing requirements specific to grey areas, Ms Manaila will first present on mapping and public consultation, followed by good practices in dealing with overbuilding, and finally the competitive selection process and step change.

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

After the event, participants are invited to attend an early networking dinner.


This is the fifth 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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