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Services of General Economic Interest and State Aid, Maastricht

Maastricht
© Kevin Bergenhenegouwen / PDC
datum 15 april 2013 - 16 april 2013
plaats Maastricht
locatie O.L. Vrouweplein 22 Toon locatie
organisatie European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

Target group

This seminar is intended for officials of public authorities and European institutions, as well as for professionals from the private sector dealing with state aid granted to providers of SGEI. Particularly, it would be of major interest to officials involved in the formulation of public service obligations, the award of contracts, the calculation of compensation and the notification of possible state aid to the European Commission.

Description

In 2010 the European Commission initiated a public consultation on the revision of the 2005 rules on public service compensation (the so-called ’Altmark package’). On 20 December 2011 the Commission adopted a new package of state aid rules for SGEI (‘Almunia package’) with legislative and interpretative measures applicable to public service compensation. This package entered into force on 31 January 2012 and comprises in particular a revised Decision, a revised Framework, a new Communication and a new SGEI de minimis regulation (which was adopted in its final version on 25 April 2012).

In addition to a simplification of the rules (e.g. a de minimis regulation for small-sized SGEI), the package aims at further clarifying relevant concepts through the new Communication. The new Decision and Framework, which follow the diversified approach of the previous package, nevertheless contain some novel elements. The Net Avoided Cost methodology, the method of calculating reasonable profit and the rules on the selection of providers are some of the new aspects which differ from the previous regulation.

Learning methodology

A combination of presentations and case studies will be used. The lectures are given by EIPA experts, Commission officials and national representatives. Participants will be provided with comprehensive documentation and relevant background materials.

Objectives

The purpose of this seminar is to examine in depth the interpretation and application of the Treaty provisions on SGEI, the relevant case law developed by the EU and to consider how the new rules in the package are to be implemented and what challenges public authorities are likely to encounter in this respect. In addition, the seminar includes a session on sectoral studies and national experiences.

More specifically, the seminar will cover among others the following topics:

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    the interpretation of Article 106(2) TFEU and the relationship between state aid and SGEI;
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    the new rules as of January 2012 in the field of SGEI;
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    case law and clarifications brought about by the ‘new Package’ as of January 2012;
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    experience with the new rules on SGEI;
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    the methodology for ensuring the necessity and proportionality of state aid: the Net Avoided Costs methodology and the cost

allocation methodology;

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    in-depth analysis of the Altmark criteria, especially of the clarifications provided by the Communication regarding the 4th criterion;
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    the practical implication of the BUPA judgement;
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    application of the Altmark criteria in Commission cases and Court’s jurisprudence;
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    the challenges in the application of the Commission Decision and Framework on public service compensation;
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    analysis of the new SGEI de minimis regulation.

This two-day seminar aims to provide participants with a thorough understanding of the concept of SGEI, and to identify solutions to common problems and difficulties in managing SGEI. It will offer guidance to participants on how to design and implement measures in conformity with the new rules on public service compensation.

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European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)

Het Europees instituut voor bestuurskunde (beter bekend als The European Institute of Public Administration - ofwel EIPA) streeft ernaar om de kennis van ambtenaren die zich met de EU bezighouden te vergroten door het ontwikkelen en organiseren van trainingen. Het instituut wil wetenschappelijke kennis en praktische 'know–how' met elkaar verbinden. EIPA bestaat al meer dan 35 jaar.

Het hoofdkantoor van EIPA is gevestigd in Maastricht en heeft dependances in Luxemburg en Barcelona. Gemiddeld nemen 14.000 nationale en Europese ambtenaren per jaar deel aan de trainingen. Daarnaast biedt EIPA ook consultancy, onderzoek en op maat gemaakte programma’s/trainingen aan. Bij EIPA werken circa 120 hoogopgeleide medewerkers.

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