The primary objective of state aid control in the field of energy and climate change is to ensure that public funding leads to a higher level of environmental protection than without aid.
The positive effects of the aid have to outweigh negative effects in terms of distortions of competition. The European Commission has launched new EU Guidelines on state aid for environment and energy, which are applicable since 1 July 2014. This two-day seminar presents the different conditions and procedures under which state aid for sustainable energy measures can be granted, and the objectives and developments of the European Union’s policy in this field.
The seminar will go into the details of specific issues which are covered by the new guidelines, e.g. renewable energy, capacity mechanism, bidding procedures and feed-in-tariffs, resource adequacy, demand-side management and energy efficiency. It will also offer a forum for open discussions with national experts and Commission representatives on the expectations of the impact of the new guidelines.
The seminar is designed for officials from central and regional ministries and/or other authorities dealing with state aid, energy and climate change issues, and managers from public or private enterprises, who may be involved in the formulation and implementation of energy and climate change-related state aid schemes under the new energy and environment guidelines.