The General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) in Practice
The current General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) allows Member States ample scope to grant State aid without prior Commission approval. The ultimate objective is sustainable growth in a competitive internal market. This gives Member States the opportunity to reduce their administrative burden and to shape a more independent and faster process of granting aid in order to reach the exemption rates the Commission is striving for. According to the Commission, up to 90% of current and future aid measures are supposed to fall under the GBER. More leeway means greater responsibility, though: Member States must ensure compliance with State aid rules when applying the new GBER. The Commission is regularly monitoring the legality of aid measures that are implemented under the GBER.
Thus, many State aid practitioners would like to make full use of the GBER’s possibilities. At the same time, they want aid measure to be in line with the GBER’s conditions. In essence, they want legal certainty both for the aid granting authority and the aid beneficiary. A number of relevant practical questions have already been identified, for example:
- How to handle public financing for research infrastructure and what to consider when it comes to cluster management
- What are the ‘cumulation’ limits for aid from different sources for the same project?
- How to implement the requirements on transparency and reporting
- How to deal with financing from EU Structural Funds or Horizon 2020
- What does aid for local infrastructures entail and how can the term ‘local infrastructure’ be interpreted?
- To what extent can cultural aid be granted under the GBER?
- What is essential when dealing with environmental aid measures under the GBER?
Find answers to these questions and become familiar with important aid categories that can be under the new GBER such as regional, environmental and energy aid as well as aid for infrastructure and R&D&I. Deepen your knowledge on the new and extended requirements of the GBER and know how to avoid and react to possible pitfalls at our practical State aid seminar.
Decision Makers implementing State aid decisions and schemes as well as public authorities dealing with national funding schemes and European Funds such as:
- National and regional ministries
- State Aid Monitoring Offices
- National Competition Authorities
- Managing & Audit Authorities of EU Funds as well as Intermediate Bodies
- Regional and local authorities responsible for finance and economy
- Courts of Auditors
- Public and private companies applying for or having received State aid
- Competitors of companies having benefited from aid
- Public and private banks
- Law and consultancy firms
Especially invited are Heads of Departments and Units, Managers, Auditors in particular from Departments and Units such as:
- State Aid Unit / State Aid Control
- Legal Department
- Market and Competition
- EU law / EU affairs
- Programmes and Projects
- EU Funds / State aid
- Coordination of EU projects
- Regional Development
- Funding Programmes
- Public Private Partnership
- Budget & Finance
As well as practitioners dealing with:
- Energy & Environment
- How to handle the requirements in the General Provisions of the GBER
- How does the GBER amendment look like?
- Complying with transparency requirements in practice
- When to notify an aid scheme and when to apply the GBER?
- What are the practical procedures you need to follow when applying the GBER?
- What are the cumulation rules for State aid?
- How does the concept of State aid and funding from EU-resources look like in practice?
- What can be considered a local infrastructure?
- What do you need to consider when supporting research infrastructure?
- How to define and how to support clusters
- How to deal with aid for renewables
- Learn how to use the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) successfully
- Become familiar with the new general provisions and the requirements they entail for your State aid responsibilities
- Learn how to face emerging difficulties when dealing with different categories of aid
- Deepen your knowledge on State aid in R&D&I, infrastructure and energy
- Ensure that your aid schemes are compatible with EU State aid rules
- Minimise the risk that State aid is unlawful and therefore has to be recovered from the beneficiary
- Expand your network and exchange knowledge with our experienced speakers and participants from all over Europe
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