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GCR Live to tackle state aid

GCR Live to tackle state aid

11 October 2016

State aid has jumped to the top of the European antitrust agenda. On 30 November, speakers will gather in Brussels to consider the practice area’s hottest topics. 

DG Comp has no ambitions to be tax police, says state aid head

DG Comp has no ambitions to be tax police, says state aid head

30 November 2016

European Commission state aid head Gert Jan Koopman today rejected criticism that the body is turning itself into a tax enforcer, and insisted that ongoing enforcement against beneficiaries of tax rulings will continue to focus on “outlier” situations where “patently you are looking at something that is off the radar screen”. Tom Webb at GCR Live State Aid in Brussels

Chairs

Edurne Navarro

Uría Menéndez, Brussels and Madrid

Edurne Navarro is the partner in charge of the Brussels office of Uría Menéndez. She joined the firm in 1992 and became a partner in 2002. Her practice focuses on EU and Spanish competition law (principally merger control, state aids and cartels), as well as trade law (mainly antidumping and rules of origin). She acts for Spanish, European, North American and Asian undertakings in sectors such as telecommunications, energy, transport, pharmaceuticals, defence and banking.

Nicole Robins

Oxera, Brussels and Oxford

Nicole leads Oxera’s State Aid team. She advises clients on a diverse range of state aid matters across a number of sectors, including transport, financial services, health, communications, energy, real estate and sports infrastructure. She advises clients on a broad range of economic and financial issues in state aid cases relating to assessments of the market economy operator principle (MEOP), the application of state aid rules for services of general economic interest (SGEI), and the compatibility of aid.

Keynote

Gert Jan Koopman

Deputy Director-General State Aid, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

Gert Jan Koopman has been Director for Economic Evaluation and Structural Reforms in the Commission's Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs since 1 May 2008.

Speakers

Giuseppe Conte

Member of the Legal Service, European Commission, Brussels

Jacques Derenne

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, Brussels

Leo Flynn

Member of the Legal Service, European Commission, Brussels

Massimo Merola

College of Europe/BonelliErede, Brussels

Falk Schöning

Hogan Lovells, Brussels

Ulrich Soltész

Gleiss Lutz, Brussels

Kai Struckmann

White & Case, Brussels

Isabel Taylor

Slaughter and May, London

Programme

13.45: Welcome coffee and registration

14.15: Chairs’ opening remarks

Nicole Robins, Oxera, Brussels and Oxford
Edurne Navarro, Uría Menéndez, Brussels and Madrid

14.30: Keynote address

Gert Jan Koopman, Deputy Director-General State Aid, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels

15.15: One among many: Selectivity in state aid

- General principles regarding material selectivity; Commission’s Notice on the Notion of State Aid
- Tax rulings
- Other cases
- Proposals looking forward

Moderator:
Edurne Navarro, Uría Menéndez, Brussels and Madrid

Panel:
Giuseppe Conte, Member of the Legal Service, European Commission, Brussels
Massimo Merola, College of Europe / BonelliErede, Brussels
Falk Schöning, Hogan Lovells, Brussels
Ulrich Soltész, 
Gleiss Lutz, Brussels

16.45: Coffee break

17.15: State aid in infrastructure investment

- The effect of the 2016 Notion of Aid: What’s new and not so new under the revised rules?
- The application of ‘selectivity and economic advantage’: What are recent insights from infrastructure cases?
- What are the current challenges?

Moderator:
Nicole Robins, Oxera, Brussels and Oxford

Panel:
Jacques Derenne, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, Brussels
Leo Flynn, 
Member of the Legal Service, European Commission, Brussels
Kai Struckmann, White & Case, Brussels
Isabel Taylor, 
Slaughter and May, London

18.45: Chairs’ closing remarks

Nicole Robins, Oxera, Brussels and Oxford
Edurne Navarro, Uría Menéndez, Brussels and Madrid

19.00 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a cocktail reception kindly hosted by Gleiss Lutz

Venue

Rue de Loxum 25, Brussels, 1000, Belgium

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