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STATE AID AND THE WITHDRAWAL AGREEMENT: KEY POINTS

The UK Government’s intention to maintain the EU State aid rules has been clear for some time.  I briefly discussed the reasons why it has taken that view – and done so without significant opposition – in a piece I … Continue reading

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CMA evidence to House of Lords Internal Market Sub-Committee

The House of Lords has published a transcript of the oral evidence given to it by the Competition and Markets Authority here. State aid is raised at Question 8. In summary, the CMA states that it has no position on … Continue reading

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Written evidence to House of Lords Internal Market Sub-Committee’s Inquiry into Competition Policy and Brexit

HOUSE OF LORDS EU INTERNAL SUB-COMMITTEE INQUIRY INTO UK COMPETITION POLICY AFTER BREXIT WRITTEN EVIDENCE OF THE UK STATE AID LAW ASSOCIATION 1. This paper has been prepared by the Joint Convenors of the UK State Aid Law Association (UKSALA), together … Continue reading

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EU (Withdrawal) Bill and State aid: a note

The EU (Withdrawal) Bill, published last week, has already attracted much comment. One feature of it that has not been mentioned, however, is a State aid aspect that emerges from the Explanatory Notes to the Bill. Clause 4 of the … Continue reading

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House of Lords EU Market Sub-Committee calls for evidence on impact of Brexit on State aid

The House of Lords EU Internal Market Sub-Committee, chaired by Lord Whitty, has decided to launch an inquiry into the impact of Brexit on UK competition policy. The inquiry will explore the opportunities and challenges of leaving the EU for … Continue reading

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BRINGING STATE AID HOME: COULD AN EFFECTIVE DOMESTIC STATE AID REGIME BE DEVISED FOR THE UK?

BRINGING STATE AID HOME: COULD AN EFFECTIVE DOMESTIC STATE AID REGIME BE DEVISED FOR THE UK?  GEORGE PERETZ QC, KELYN BACON QC, AND ISABEL TAYLOR  Introduction In an earlier paper published at the end of 2016, two of us (George … Continue reading

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The Court of Justice gives Ms Vestager two Christmas presents: the Commission wins its appeals in Aer Lingus/Ryanair and in Banco De Santander/Autogrill España

In the midst of a flood of significant judgments on a number of areas of EU law handed down today, the CJEU has given judgment on two important State aid cases. In each case, the Commission won its appeal against … Continue reading

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Paper on post-Brexit options for State aid

 Note: the following paper is a draft paper prepared by us (George Peretz QC and Kelyn Bacon QC) as a contribution to the Commercial Bar Association’s consideration of post-Brexit issues.  The views expressed are however ours alone.  We are grateful … Continue reading

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Apple State aid decision just announced

In a press release today (http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-2923_en.htm), the Commission has announced that it has decided that Apple received State aid from Ireland in the form of “undue tax benefits of up to €13 billion”. According to Ms Vestager, the Commissioner responsible for … Continue reading

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IMPLICATIONS OF BREXIT FOR STATE AID: THE “ICELAND TO TURKEY” OPTIONS

State aid is a creature of the EU Treaties.  So, a a matter of law, as soon as the United Kingdom ceases to be party to the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU, State aid law simply vanishes. Or does … Continue reading

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