Category Archives: Legislation

State aid rules and Covid 19: a brief guide for journalists and non-specialists

Why do the EU State aid rules apply here?  The formal definition of a State aid is that it is an advantage granted by a public authority, that selectively benefits certain undertakings, and affects competition and trade between Member States. … Continue reading

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Covid-19 state aid temporary framework

Hot off the press, here is yesterday’s temporary state aid framework adopted by the Commission: https://ec.europa.eu/competition/state_aid/what_is_new/sa_covid19_temporary-framework.pdf  

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Conservative plans to replace the UK State aid regime

During the election campaign, some publicity was give to Conservative proposals (not in their manifesto but circulated in a document given to journalists) to replace the State aid regime. The document does not seem to be available on line, but … Continue reading

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Government publishes State aid rules if there’s no deal

The Government has laid regulations under the EU Withdrawal Act setting out the domestic State aid regime that will apply on a no deal. The CMA’s guidance is here. I hope to comment on the regulations on this blog in … Continue reading

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House of Commons briefing paper on EU State and WTO subsidies

For those of you who didn’t catch this earlier, here is a link to the House of Commons briefing paper 06775 of 7 November 2018 on the EU State Aid Rules and WTO Subsidies Agreement, which also includes a discussion … 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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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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