Category Archives: Legislation

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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The new de minimis Regulation: a quick summary of the changes

Most of us who practise in the field of State aid can probably think of many cases where we have been asked – often at the last minute or even later – to advise on whether a fairly modest grant … Continue reading

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Belated July 2013 round-up

The second half of July saw a flurry of activity on the State aid front, which was announced with a deafening silence on this blog for the reason that the UKSALA blogger was busy trying to incorporate the various legislative … Continue reading

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AG opinion in Lufthansa/Frankfurt-Hahn case; and temporal validity of GBER

For those interested in issues concerning the interaction of national courts and the Commission in the State aid enforcement process, yesterday’s opinion from AG Mengozzi in Case C-284/12 provides some food for thought. Unfortunately, it is not yet available in English … Continue reading

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R (Shepherd Offshore Limited) v North Tyneside Council: Sales J grants permission in State aid JR

  On 17 May 2013, Sales J granted permission and ordered expedition in a judicial review claim that includes two grounds of challenge raising interesting State aid issues. In particular, this is (as far as the UKSALA bloggers are aware) the first … Continue reading

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After Smurfit Kappa: the Commission opens a formal investigation into regional aid to Propapier

Thanks to Fiona Wishlade, Director of the EPRC at the University of Strathclyde, for today’s blog The European Commission has opened a formal investigation into regional investment aid granted by Germany to Propapier: see press release IP/13/435 The Commission had in fact … Continue reading

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Draft of new GBER published

The GBER is currently set to expire at the end of this year. Yesterday the Commission published, for consultation, the first draft of a new GBER. This proposes wide-ranging changes to the original GBER, including the extension of the categories … Continue reading

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Update on draft RAG

An update to my post of 26 March on the draft Regional Aid Guidelines. The University of Strathclyde Briefing paper on the draft has recently been revised to include new data as well as reference to the debate in the European Parliament … Continue reading

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Draft RAG briefing paper

As many of you will know, the Commission issued Draft Regional Aid Guidelines for public consultation in January. These propose significant changes to regional aid in the EU, particularly regarding the spatial coverage of policy and the targeting of aid to … Continue reading

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Draft of new de minimis block exemption published

Thanks to Rachel Bickler of Nabarro LLP for today’s blog The European Commission has today published, for consultation, the first draft of a new de minimis block exemption regulation for State aid. On the key issue, whether the Commission is proposing … Continue reading

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