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State Aid & Fair Competition - Can They Co-Exist?

Economic, Financial, and Banking Affairs
Date: Wednesday, 04 December 2019 12:00 - 16:00

Venue: Martins Hotel EU, Boulevard de Charlemagne 80, 1000 Brussels

Brought to you by the Friedrichh Naumann Foundation Europe & the Lithuanian Free Market Institute



Kindly register for this event by 02. December at https://forms.gle/JHwDfZ3FQ3HudXFU9



12.00 Registration & Light Lunch


12.30 Keynote: The Importance of State Aid Policy and the Problem of its Disablement

Dr. Cento Veljanovski,

Case Associates & Institute for Economic Affairs, UK


12.45 Panel 1: state Aid, Fair Competition and Procedural Challenges

Koen van de Casteele,

Head of unit, State Aid Control, DG COMMP


Carlo Stagnaro,

Institute Bruno Leoni, Italy


Ilya Bruggeman,

Head Single Market, EuroCommerce


Moderator: Rita Raukstè,

Motieka & audzevicius


14.00 Coffee Break


14.15 Panel 2: State Aid and SOEs


Dr. Radomit Tylecot,



Krassen Stanchev,

institute for Market Economics, Bulgaria



European Parliament


Barbara Micková,

ALLRAIL, Czechia


Moderator: Edita Maslauskaite,

Lithuanian Free Market Institute


15.45 Networking Coffee



State aid rules exert a significant impact on the functioning of the internal market and the use of public resources. In 2012 the EU carried out a State aid modernization reform, with the aim of simplifying State aid rules and making them more relevant for promoting sustainable, smart and inclusive growth in a competitive internal market. An evaluation process is now underway to determine whether the rules have actually worked in the intended way and are still fit for purpose.

Some pressing questions evolve around the design of State aid rules post 2020 if they are to deliver on these goals and the general principle that State aid is an exception rather than a standard. Should Member States be allowed to exploit EU policy objectives to justify state aid? What constitutes an appropriate degree of state aid control? How can state aid rules be construed to ensure a level playing field for all and prevent Member States from unwarranted financing of SOEs?

This conference seeks to shed light on these and more questions, while proposing ideas on the revision of the state aid modernization package. Join us in the discussion together with leading national and EU experts, stakeholders, and scholars on competition policy and state aid!


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