Extracts from the press conference by Joaquín Almunia, on state aid for airports and airlines
On 20 February 2014, Joaquín Almunia, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Competition, gave a press conference in Brussels, Belgium, on the new guidelines adopted by the European Commission.
The guidelines aim at ensuring good connections between regions and the mobility of European citizens, while minimising distortions of competition in the Single Market. They are part of the Commission's State Aid Modernisation (SAM) strategy, which aims at fostering growth in the Single Market by encouraging more effective aid measures and focusing the Commission’s scrutiny on cases with the biggest impact on competition. PHOTO SHOTLIST