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EU State Aid and the Energy Sector

10 November 2017  |  Brussels

Early Bird Special: 10% discount if you register by 2 November 2017!

The FSR Energy Law Training on EU State Aid and the Energy Sector is a one-day intensive course, tailor-made to the needs of energy lawyers, regulators and industry professionals to stay abreast of the recent regulatory changes, and to develop expertise on the application of State aids and compliance with the state aid regime.

The course will examine the key issues currently surrounding State aid, providing a comprehensive and practical training in the subject.


  • EU State Aid and Energy: What is a State Aid? A Critical Discussion of Recent Case Law and Decisions
  • The Economics of EU State Aid Control in Energy: Focus on State Aid and Capacity Mechanisms
  • EU State Aid and Infrastructure
  • EU State Aid and Public Service Obligations
  • Long-Term Power Supply Contracts: Dealing with Potential State Aid Elements
  • Enforcement of EU State Aid


  • Course focus and methodology

    The course will begin with a comprehensive overview of the current state aid control system in the energy sector, followed by a detailed analysis of selected issues of topical and urgent importance. This will take place over the course of five sessions conducted by renowned experts from academia and EU institutions, as well as leading law firms and consultancies.

    The course is designed to encourage the active involvement of all participants in the training. Each session will combine presentations with case studies, problem-solving exercises and discussions on the practical issues and challenges faced by participants in their daily work. The limited number of places ensures personal tuition and encourages networking opportunities. The course will be supported by an online platform providing the background material and relevant documents on all topics, drawing on advanced research carried out at the Florence School of Regulation. Course attendants will be invited to send their questions in advance to ensure that they are addressed during the training.

  • Target group and knowledge level

    The training has been developed for:
    • Energy lawyers
    • Regulators
    • Industry professionals
    • Members of the European Commission, and European institutions
    • Academics in the field of energy and regulation
    • Learning Portfolio

      • Lectures will be interactive with instructors focusing on the key theoretical concepts complemented by illustrative current examples and case studies from the industry.
      • Participants will be expected to engage with programme through the use of interactive tools and activities which are designed to enhance the discussion and learning experience.
      • Q&A sessions: a Q&A session follows each lecture in order to clarify the main concepts, stimulate debate and ensure that participants are actively involved in the programme.
      • Group work activities will be incorporated into the training to facilitate learning and engagement with the topic and foster collaboration among the participants.
      • The limited number of participants ensure an effective learning environment which encourages open discussion between the course directors and participants, while also promoting networking.
    • Eligibility and fees

      • Donors and national regulatory authorities: €350
      • All other organisations or companies: €450
    • Director

      Leigh Hancher is the director of the FSR Energy Law and Policy Area, professor of European law at the University of Tilburg, and Of Counsel to Allen & Overy LLP in Amsterdam. Leigh is an internationally renowned EU law expert. She has extensive experience in counselling firms in a broad range of procedures, and regularly acts as an advisor to the European Commission and the European Parliament on energy law issues. Her research interests include energy market regulation, EU State aids, and energy market governance. Leigh has directed several research projects, regularly contributes to leading academic journals, and is the author of numerous titles, including EU State Aids, 4th edn (Sweet & Maxwell 2012), Capacity Mechanisms in the EU Energy Market (OUP 2015), and EU Energy Law: EU Competition Law and Energy Markets Volume II (Claeys & Casteels 2016).

      Leigh has been a professor since 1991, initially at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam. In 1996, she was Visiting Professor in ‘Natural Resources Law’at the University of Calgary, Canada. Leigh has extensive experience in the field of energy regulation at both European and national levels. Her expertise as well as her academic research is focused on the changing role of the government in stimulating the liberalisation of traditionally heavily regulated sectors. Leigh studied law at the Universities of Glasgow and Sheffield, and at the EUI. In 1989, she obtained with distinction her doctorate in law at the University of Leiden.


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