State aid in the management of the ESIF

Country seminar: 26 November Sofia, Bulgaria

VENUE: Sheraton Sofia Hotel Balkan, 5 Sveta Nedelya Square, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria

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

AGENDA

08h00-09h00

Registration and welcome coffee

09h00-09h20

Opening and welcome

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

Ms Vessela Daneva, Director, State Aid and Real Sector Directorate, Ministry of Finance

09h20-11h20

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

Ms Yvonne Simon, Legal Officer, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commision

  • Rationale of State aid policy
  • Notion of aid
  • Compatibility architecture: de minimis, GBER, guidelines, Treaty
  • State aid procedures
  • Questions & answers

11h20-11h40

Coffee-break

11h40-12h40

Lessons learnt and good practices in dealing with State aid in ESIF management
Mr Kamil Dörfler, Policy Officer, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

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

12h40-13h00

Where can I get advice on State aid matters in Bulgaria?
- National contact points for State aid
Ms Vessela Daneva, Director, State Aid and Real Sector Directorate, Ministry of Finance
- Contact Point for Bulgaria in DG COMPETITION
Ms Detelina Simeonova, case handler, DG Competition, European Commission
- TAIEX – REGIO PEER 2 PEER (expert exchange system)
Ms Ann-Kerstin Myleus, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

13h00-14h00

Lunch

WORKSHOPS (DG Competition)

14h00-15h20

I. State aid and infrastructure

Ms Detelina Simeonova, case handler, DG COMP

  • Notion of aid & infrastructures
  • GBER and guidelines
  • Infrastructure assessment grids
  • Questions & Answers

II. RDI aid and infrastructure

Mr Calin Danilescu, case handler, DG COMP

  • RDI aid: notion of aid, application of GBER
  • RDI infrastructure: notion of aid and application of GBER
  • Questions & Answers

15h20-15h40

Coffee-break

15h40-17h00

III. Regional aid

Ms Detelina Simeonova, case handler, DG COMP

  • Investment aid: application of GBER and guidelines
  • Questions & Answers

IV. State aid and SMEs

Mr Calin Danilescu, case handler, DG COMP

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

17h00-17h10

Concluding remarks

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