9– 9.30 a.m.             Registration of participants and coffee

  • Chair and moderator: Milena Angelova, EESC rapporteur of the preliminary draft opinion on the "Application of the Decision on public compensation for the provision of services of general economic interest"

9.30–9.45 a.m.         Welcome address and introductions

  • Welcome Address: Pierre Jean Coulon, President of the Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society, EESC
  • Keynote Speech: Jean-Paul Denanot, MEP, Co-President of Intergroup "Common Goods and Public Services", European Parliament

9.45–10 a.m.            Presentation of the study on the "Review of Member States' reports on the implementation of the European Commission Decision on the provision of State aid to the provision of services of general economic interest":

  • Angelina Todorova, Project Manager, ESTAT Agency

10−10.10 a.m.          Presentation of the preliminary draft opinion on "Application of the Decision on public compensation for the provision of SGEI (2012/21/UE)":

  • Milena Angelova, EESC rapporteur

10.10–10.30 a.m.     Questions and answers

10.30 a.m.– 12.15 p.m.

Panel discussion: Challenges and opportunities arising from the current State aid rules for SGEI; need for more clarity of State aid rules and better involvement of all impacted authorities

  • Monique Negenman, Head of unit, Directorate-General for Competition, Unit F3 State Aid- Postal Health and other services, European Commission
  • Juan Pedro Marín Arrese, Chair of the CEEP Internal Market Task Force
  • Markus Töns, Representative of Committee of the Regions (DE/PES), Member of the North Rhine-Westphalia Regional Parliament, Rapporteur of the opinion State Aid and Services of General Economic Interest
  • Laurent Ghekiere, Chair of the European Observatory of social housing, Housing Europe 
  • Tanja Struve, Head of the European office of the German County Association

12.15–12.50 p.m.     Open debate followed by questions and answers

12.50–1 p.m.            Closing remarks

  • Michael Smyth, Vice-President of the EESC in charge of Budget

1 p.m.                       End of hearing