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Key Sessions

Gert Jan Koopman

The Commission’s Current Priorities in State Aid

European Commission

Jul 05
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08:30 - 09:00 30 mins
Registration & Refreshments
09:00 - 09:10 10 mins
Chair’s Welcome and Introduction
  • Jose Luis Buendia Sierra - Partner, Garrigues
09:10 - 10:00 50 mins
Main Conference
The Commission’s Current Priorities in State Aid
  • Gert Jan Koopman - Deputy Director-General State Aid, DG Competition, European Commission
10:00 - 10:50 50 mins
Main Conference
Tax and State Aid: Where are we Now?
  • Jan Weerth - Group Tax, Deutsche Bank AG
  • Onno Brouwer - Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • Update on cases and appeals
  • Selectivity and economic advantage criteria
  • What role can and should fairness play in tax state aid cases?
  • Politicisation of competition law: how far can state aid in tax cases go? Interaction with other EU harmonisation initiatives
  • What next?
10:50 - 11:10 20 mins
Morning Coffee Break
11:10 - 11:50 40 mins
Main Conference
General Block Exemption Regulation
  • Eszter Hargita - Deputy Head of Department, Hungarian State Aid Monitoring Office, Prime Minister’s Office
  • Mihalis Kekelekis - Senior Legal Officer, EFTA Surveillance Authority
  • Review of the changes to the rules
  • How is the expansion of the GBER working?
  • Practical impact of expanding the GBER to ports and airports
  • Regional state aid considerations
11:50 - 12:20 30 mins
Main Conference
Economist’s Perspective
  • Nicole Robins - Partner, Oxera
  • How does economics play out in state aid cases? 
  • What is the role of economic and financial analysis in state aid assessments?
  • How is the role for economic analysis changing with the European Commission’s increased focus on ex post evaluations?
12:20 - 13:20 60 mins
13:20 - 14:10 50 mins
Main Conference
Procedural Developments: Commitments, Recovery & Third Parties’ Rights
  • Leo Flynn - Legal Services, European Commission
  • Udo Woll - Head of Public Commercial Law, State Aid Law, Public Transport Contract Law, Deutsche Bahn
  • What are the roles, rights and duties of complainants and beneficiaries in the procedure? 
  • Duration of state aid procedures and the impact on beneficiaries and complainants
  • Variation of state aid commitments
  • Recovery orders: What can the Commission ask for and what can be done after the decision?
14:10 - 14:50 40 mins
Main Conference
Telecoms Infrastructure and State Aid
  • Hein Hobbelen - Partner, Bird & Bird
  • Ewoud Sakkers - Head of Unit - State Aid, Media, Telecom, IT, DG Competition, European Commission
  • Broadband infrastructure, Digital Single Market and state aid
  • Measures which do not constitute state aid
  • Review of recent decisions
14:50 - 15:40 50 mins
Main Conference
Brexit: What is the Future of State Aid in the UK?
  • Jacques Derenne - Partner, Head of EU Competition and Regulatory, Sheppard Mullin
  • Kelly Stricklin-Coutinho - Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers
  • Alan Bates - Barrister, Monckton Chambers
  • What are the different possible models?
  • What are the current proposals?
  • Will the UK adopt a Ukrainian-type regime?
  • How can state aid control by a national competition authority work?  What challenges would this bring?
15:40 - 16:00 20 mins
Afternoon Coffee Break
16:00 - 16:50 50 mins
Main Conference
Investment Treaties, State Aid and International Arbitration
  • Kai Struckmann - Partner, White & Case
  • Markus Burgstaller - Partner, Hogan Lovells International LLP
  • Robert G. Volterra - Partner, Volterra Fietta
  • Recovery of investment after the Micula case
  • International arbitration
  • Achmea decision: How does international arbitration and EU law work together?
16:50 - 17:30 40 mins
Main Conference
Industry Spotlight: State Aid in the Energy Sector
  • Massimo Merola - Managing Partner, BonelliErede
  • Omar Diaz - Managing Associate, BonelliErede
  • Overview of State aid hot topics in the energy sector
  • Capacity mechanisms for the phase out of power generation technologies
  • Clarifications on imputability and State resources in light of recent case law
17:30 - 17:40 10 mins
Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference