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.

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The first part of the training session will be an introduction to State aid, the approval process, categories of 'no aid' measures, and investment and financing models. The second part of the training session will address requirements specific to grey areas: mapping and public consultation, good practices in dealing with over-building, the competitive selection process, and step change. Registration for this training session is open to all members of the European Broadband Competence Offices (BCOs) Network until the end of May.Speakers will include representatives from:

  • BCO Catalonia, Spain
  • BCO Italy
  • BCO Ireland
  • BCO Netherlands
  • College of Europe
  • Plačiajuostis internetas, Lithuania
  • DG Competition, European Commission

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.

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