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Conference: New Perspectives on Fiscal State Aid: Legitimacy and Effectiveness of Fiscal State Aid Control

The conference focuses on one of the most debated issues at the moment: the legitimacy and effectiveness of fiscal state aid control. This issue will be treated in the framework of the evolving European legal and economic system, with the idea of pointing out the impact of these changes on fiscal state aid.

During this conference all relevant opinions and views will be presented and debated by renowned experts from the European Commission, the Senate of the Netherlands and some of the most reputable universities. For the audience there will be enough time for questions to and interaction with speakers and panellists.

This conference will close a project co-financed by the European Commission:

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Welcome: 9:20/9:30 - Peter Essers (Tilburg University)

Introduction to the EU project: 9:30/9:45 – Carla De Pietro (Tilburg University)

Session 1- 9:45/11:00

The Evolving European Legal and Economic System: Where does Legitimacy of Fiscal State Aid Law Stand?

Cees Peters  (Tilburg University) – Marnix van Rij (Senate of the Netherlands)

Panel: Peter Essers, Carla De Pietro, Tim Wustenberghs, Cees Peters, Marnix van Rij

Coffee break – 11:00/11:15

Session 2 – 11:15/12:30

The Notion of Fiscal State Aid in the Evolving European Legal and Economic System

Daniel Smit (Tilburg University) - Paul-John Loewenthal (European Commission)

Panel: Peter Essers, Carla De Pietro, Raffaele Petruzzi,  Tim Wustenberghs, Daniel Smit, Paul-John Loewenthal

Lunch break - 12:30/14:30

Session 3 – 14:30/15:45

Fiscal State Aid and the Anti-Tax Avoidance Directives: What Role for National Judges?

Raymond Luja (Maastricht University) - Eric Kemmeren (Tilburg University)

Panel: Peter Essers, Peter Cools, Raymond Luja, Eric Kemmeren

Coffee break – 15:45/16:00

Session 4 – 16:00/17:15

National Courts and the Effectiveness of State Aid Control in Recovery Procedures

Leigh Hancher  (Tilburg University)  - Anne van de Vijver (University of Antwerp)

Panel: Peter Essers, Marnix van Rij, Leigh Hancher, Anne van de Vijver

Session 5 – 17:15/17:45

Questions and debate

Conclusions 17:45/18:00


Tilburg University can offer special prices in the following hotels:

At walking distance from Tilburg University

Auberge du Bonheur


City Center

Mercure Hotel Tilburg Centrum


City Hotel


(no special Tilburg University rate)

Other hotels in Tilburg

De Postelse Hoeve


Hotel Ibis Tilburg


Bastion Hotel Tilburg

Outside Tilburg area

Hotel Van der Valk Gilze-Tilburg


(no special Tilburg University rate)

NH Waalwijk


(no special Tilburg University rate)

Please note:

In order to benefit from the special Tilburg University room rates, you need to make your reservation directly with the hotel of your choice (see E-mail addresses). The special rates are not valid for bookings made through booking sites. When making your reservation, please refer to: State Aid Tilburg University

Bed & Breakfast accommodations (no special Tilburg University rates)


You can register now

For questions about your registration you could e-mail to:

The registration fee is 50 euro. Registration fee (not fees) includes:

Access to the academic conference sessions, lunch, drinks and snacks

This conference is eligible for 6 PE points.

Date and location

23 February 2018, Tilburg, Tilburg University, the Netherlands (Dante building)

When: 23 February 2018 09:20

End date: 23 February 2018 18:00