State aid in the management of the ESIF

Country seminar: 2nd July 2015, Zagreb, Croatia

AGENDA

09h00-09h15

Opening and welcome

Mr Pascal Boijmans, Head of Unit, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

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 Bojana Vrcek, Regional aid and cohesion, 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 Bojana Vrcek, Regional aid and cohesion, 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

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

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

13h00-14h00

Lunch

WORKSHOPS

14h00-15h30

I. State aid and infrastructure

Mr Harold Nyssens, Leader of State aid group on infrastructure, DG Competition

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

II. Regional aid under General Block Exemption Regulation and under Regional Aid Guidelines

Ms Bojana Vrcek, Regional aid and cohesion, Case handler, DG Competition -

  • Investment aid
  • Operating aid
  • Questions & Answers

15h30-16h30

III. State aid and environmental infrastructure

Mr Harold Nyssens, Leader of State aid group on infrastructure, DG Competition

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

IV. State aid and SMEs

Ms Bojana Vrcek, Regional aid and cohesion, Case handler, 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 – Ms Martina Štorek, Head of State Aid Unit, Ministry of  Finance, Croatia
  • Contact Point for Croatia in DG COMP – Ms Bojana Vrcek, Regional aid and cohesion, Case handler, DG Competition, European Commission
  • TAIEX – REGIO PEER 2 PEER – Mr  Pascal Boijmans DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission

17h15-17h30

Concluding remarks

Mr Pascal Boijmans, DG Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission