State aid in the management of the ESIF

Country seminar: 29 September 2015, Bucharest, Romania

VENUE: The seminar will take place at the Hotel Marshal Garden, Calea Dorobantilor nr. 50B, Sector 1, 10574, Bucharest

LANGUAGES: Romanian and English (simultaneous interpretation to and from)

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AGENDA

09h00-09h15

Opening and welcome

Ms Ann-Kerstin Myleus, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Region and Urban Policy, European Commission

Mr Bogdan Marius Chirițoiu, President of the Competition Council, Romania

Ms Mihaela Toader, General Director from the General Directorate Analysis, Programming and Evaluation, Ministry of EU Funds, Romania

Ms Helga Bubanović Devčić, Assistant to the minister, Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds, Croatia

09h15-10h15

Basic principles of EU State aid policy and the impact on ESIF

Ms Ramona Ianuș, Country coordinator for Romania and Ms Diana Barglazan, Case handler, DG Competition, European Commission

  • Rationale of State aid policy
  • Notion of aid
  • Compatibility
  • State aid procedures
  • Questions & answers

10h15-11h15

State aid modernisation package

Ms Ramona Ianuș, Country coordinator for Romania and Ms Diana Barglazan, Case handler, DG Competition, European Commission

  • Main objectives of State aid modernisation and the role of Member States
  • De Minimis
  • General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER): Main issues (incentive effect, calculation of gross grant equivalent, cumulation overview of aid categories)

11h15-11h30

Coffee-break

11h30-13h00

Lessons learnt and good practices in dealing with State aid in ESIF management
Ms Denisa Perrin, Policy Officer, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

What are the main audit findings on State aid?
Mr Liviu Tolea, External Auditor, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

13h00-14h00

Lunch

WORKSHOPS

14h00-15h30

I. State aid and infrastructure

Ms Diana Barglazan, Case handler, DG Competition

  • Notion of aid
  • Energy and environmental infrastructure
  • Infrastructure assessment grids
  • Questions & Answers

II. Regional aid, RDI aid

Ms Ramona Ianuș, Country coordinator for Romania, DG Competition

  • Investment aid
  • RDI aid and infrastructure
  • Questions & Answers

15h30-16h30

III. Energy and environmental aid

Ms Diana Barglazan, Case handler, DG Competition

  • GBER and guidelines
  • Questions & Answers

IV. State aid and SMEs

Ms Ramona Ianuș, Country coordinator for Romania, DG Competition

  • Application of GBER in case of SMEs, risk finance and other relevant specific provisions
  • Questions and Answers

16h30-17h00

Coffee-break

17h00-17h15

Where can I get advice on State aid matters in Croatia?

  • National contact point for State aid – Mr Cosmin Belacurencu, Director, State aid department, Competition Council Romania
  • Contact Point for Croatia in DG COMP – Ms Ramona Ianuș, Country coordinator for Romania, DG Competition, European Commission
  • TAIEX – REGIO PEER 2 PEER – Ms Ann-Kerstin Myleus, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Region and Urban Policy, European Commission

17h15-17h30

Concluding remarks

Ms Ann-Kerstin Myleus, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Region and Urban Policy, European Commission