Text of the annual "Concurrences" Conference, Paris, December 8, 2005

Conference: The EC State Aid Reform (Paris, 8 December 2005)

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The proceedings of this colloquium are organised in two parts. In the first stage, the two main axes of the reform are studied:

- In substantive terms, the aim of the Community reform is to introduce a more economic analysis of aid in this area too. Following the presentation made by Ms Rabassa (DG COMP), Mr Legal explained the point of view of a judge responsible for exercising judicial review of such decisions.

- In procedural terms, the aim of the community reform is to increase decentralisation. The first round table on the role of national courts was chaired by Ms Hagelsteen (Council of State); contributions were made by Professor Chérot (University of Aix Marseille) and Mr Derenne (Brussels) and Gosset-Grainville (Paris).

For the second part, the special part, two themes caught the attention of the contributors:

- Failed companies : Mr. Cerutti (Director, DGCCRF) presented the contributions of this round table on a subject of particular interest to companies and the Ministry of the Economy and in which the notion of default has a particular dimension (contributions by Mr. Samuel Lajeunesse, Director, Agence des Participations de l’Etat, Me Gunther - Paris - and Mr. Van Hoof, DG Comp).

- Aid and local authorities: this topic raises the issue of SGEIs and decentralisation from the point of view of the decentralisation of the aid provider: Contributions from F. Souty (Competition Council, University of La Rochelle), Me de la Laurencie, M. Pesaresi (DG COMP) and Xavier de Roux (Member of Parliament for Charente Maritime).

Table of Contents List of Speakers Presentation, by Laurence Idot What room for economic analysis of State aid? (1), by Valérie Rabassa What room for economic analysis of State aid? (2), by Hubert Legal Round Table I: State aid and the national judge Presentation, by Marie-Dominique Hagelsteen The role of the national judge in the perspective of Community reform, by Jean-Yves Chérot The practitioner's perspectiveby Antoine Gosset-Grainville Indications Preliminary results of the study commissioned by the European Commission, by Jacques Derenne Round Table II: State aid and business failure Presentation, by Guillaume Cerutti The intervention of the EPA on rescue and restructuring aid, by Denis Samuel-Lajeunesse The practitioner's perspectiveby Jacques-Philippe Günther

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Jean-Patrice de La Laurencie, Jacques Derenne, Laurence Idot, Antoine Gosset-Grainville, François Souty, Frédéric Jenny, Hubert Legal, Jean-Yves Chérot, Jacques Barrot, Xavier de Roux, Guillaume Cerutti, Jacques-Philippe Gunther, Marie-Dominique Hagelsteen, Marc van Hoof, Denis Samuel Lajeunesse, Nicola Pesaresi, Valérie Rabassa, Conference: The EC State Aid Reform (Paris, 8 December 2005), February 2006, Concurrences N° 1-2006, Art. N° 886, pp. 63-128.

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