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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, … 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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Brexit: Implications for State aid

The United Kingdom’s vote to leave the EU has the potential to have a major impact on State aid law.  We will explore those implications on this website and in future events (and please do blog on this website or send … Continue reading

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Jeremy Corbyn’s speech: State aid aspects

For a number of reasons, I don’t think I would have predicted a year ago that this blog would ever feature a speech by Jeremy Corbyn.  But we live in unusual times. In his speech today calling for the UK … Continue reading

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Brexit: implications for State aid

The controversy over the fate of the Port Talbot steel works has meant that the EU’s State aid rules have become a focus of the campaign on the EU referendum, with the Out campaign arguing that the EU’s State aid … Continue reading

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Commission decision on Dutch public authority exemption from corporation tax

In a press release issued on 21 January (http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-124_en.htm) the Commission announced that it objected under the State aid rules to a provision of Dutch corporation tax law that exempted six named Dutch seaports, run by public undertakings, from tax.  … Continue reading

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Replacements for State aid Regulations to come into force in October

In a fit of legislative tidy-mindedness (officially known as “clarity and rationality”), the EU legislature has decided to “consolidate” Council Regulations 659/99 (the main Regulation governing State aid procedures) and 994/98 (which confers exemption-making powers on the Commission).  “Consolidation” here … Continue reading

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