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July 2020
Brussels, Belgium

State Aid

Hear directly from the Commission and the General Court on how they are approaching state aid and what it means for your strategies.

Review the Commission’s policy under the new Deputy Director General, the fitness test, practical implications of current cases including Tempus Energy, applications of state aid rules by third countries and where we are now with tax and state aid cases… gain in-depth coverage at this timely one-day event

Thank you to all those who attended in 2019!

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Highlights at the 2019 conference included:

The Commission’s Current Priorities

Hear directly from the European Commission on its current policy developments and enforcement priorities in state aid under the new Deputy Director General.  

The Fitness Test and The Commission's Approach

Join this interactive session to discuss the Commission’s fitness test for State aid modernisation (SAM) reform, including the objectives and likely findings. Our speakers will explore how to prepare for the 2020 review including how 3rd parties can influence the process as well as analysis of how the “Big on big, small on small” policy works in practice.

Tax and State Aid Including Google Tax Proposals

Where are we with recent tax and state aid cases? What are the implications of the proposals for “Google Tax” for state aid? During this session we will review the recent Belgium Excess Profits decision and the new investigation into tax treatment of Nike in the Netherlands.

The Use of Economics in State Aid Cases

Hear both the lawyers’ and economists’ perspectives on how economic analysis is used in state aid cases. They will analyse the selectivity criteria and the Market Economy Investor Principle (MEIP) compatibility assessment including implications of the recent FIH Danish Bank judgement.

State Aid Rules and Third Countries including Brexit

Review the future of state aid in the UK post-Brexit and how the CMA will approach state aid as well as how state aid rules apply to Nissan. We will also explore the use of state aid in free trade agreements and how Ukraine's state aid rules are working. 

Litigation, Arbitration & Recovery of Aid

How is private enforcement being used in state aid in light of Spain’s renewable energy cases? What are the opportunities for the use of arbitration in relation to investment treaties? Where are we with the consultation on recovery notices? Explore these questions during our practical session on procedural developments.  


"Distinctive group of speakers sharing their knowledge"

Senior Legal Counsel, Valio

"This conference provides information of great practical relevance and really adds value to my day-to-day in-house practice!"

Global Counsel BD & Transactions, Eli Lilly and Company

"Very useful – well worth the time away from the desk"

Chief Counsel, Competition, Rolls Royce Plc

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