What state aid rules to support the recovery in maritime and insular regions?

Online - Zoom with French and English interpretation

You can find the recording of the conference HERE 

On Tuesday 16th February 2021, 10:30 - 12:30 (CET) SEArica, in cooperation with the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions organised a webinar dedicated to the role of state aid rules in the post-Covid recovery of maritime and insular regions.

The Covid-19 pandemic has plunged the European Union into the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. The impact of the crisis has been highly asymmetric at territorial level and across sectors. The pace of the recovery is also expected to be uneven. Regional disparities, alongside social and economic ones, are likely to rise. Maritime and insular regions are among the hardest hit because of the specialization of their economies (e.g. strong reliance on tourism) and/or their geographical situation.  

The battery of emergency measures put in place by the Commission in Spring-Summer 2020 includes a temporary relaxation of state aid rules that have been prolonged until mid-2021. However, the current crisis has highlighted the need to envision a more flexible approach to state aid rules also in the long term in view of making them more responsive to both existing and emerging territorial challenges. The workshop aims to contribute to this reflection focusing on the review of regional state aid, which is currently underway. In addition, the discussion will also address state aid rules in the fishery and transport sectors.

Over the next few years, the Recovery Plan and MFF, adding to the national measures rolled out to support the recovery, will generate staggering volumes of public investments across Europe, mostly in the form of grants. It is important that the regional aid guidelines for 2021-2027, to be released in Spring 2021, are designed in such a way to help maximise, rather than hinder, the impact of these investments. The panellists assessed the main aspects related to regional aid and, more broadly, state aid in key sectors especially when looking at the needs of the maritime and insular territories. Among the main elements that were discussed: how regional aid rules could be more conducive to “green” investments; a possible review of intensity aid ceiling and population quota; a specific regime for islands; etc. 

The event took the form of a roundtable discussion with Karl Soukup, Director for State aid, General Scrutiny and Enforcement at DG Competition, joined by SEArica MEPs and political representatives from CPMR regions as well as experts.

The webinar was hosted by REGI Committee Chair Younous Omarjee with the participation of PECH Committee Chair Pierre Karleskind, SEArica Chair Tonino Picula, SEArica Vice-Chairs François Alfonsi and Alicia Homs and SEArica members Josianne CutajarCyrus Engerer and Rosa Estaràs Ferragut

You can find the recording of the conference HERE 

Event Properties

Event Date 16-02-2021 10:30
Event End Date 16-02-2021 12:30
Attachment Agenda_SEArica_State_Aid_160221.pdf

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The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup is one of the 27 Intergroups that were approved on 11 December 2019 by the Conference of Presidents for the 9th legislature of the European Parliament. Intergroups can be formed by MEPs from any political group and any parliamentary committee with a view to holding informal exchanges of views on particular issues and promoting contact between MEPs and civil society.

The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup brings together more than 100 MEPs from 7 different political groups and 23 Member States.

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