All Member States plan to invest ESIF in projects supporting enterprises and particularly SMEs. These investments need to be compatible with the internal market rules and should not distort competition. However, state aid issues are frequently raised by the managing authorities as a problem for the conception of their support schemes.
Taking into account this background, the European Commission has taken the initiative to assist colleagues from national authorities on state aid issues. As a practical contribution, the European Commission services organised a seminar on Regional Aid and State Aid for SMEs, taking place in Brussels on September 22nd, 2016.
The seminar was dedicated to practitioners involved in management of the European Structural Investment Funds with the aim to provide them with concrete and practical examples on how to deal with regional investment aid, and SME aid for investment, and for consultancy. The seminar was interactive and hands-on, dealing with concrete cases and exchanging good practices and lessons learnt in order to provide pragmatic ideas and solutions.
More info, seminar materials and video recording of plenary sessions: http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/index.cfm/en/conferences/state-aid/sme/