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Consultation on The General Block Exemption Regulation (the GBER)

Policy field

State aid

Target group

Institutions, public authorities, citizens, companies and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from the national authorities dealing with the state aid measures covered by the GBER.

Consultation period

From 20.06.2012 until 12.09.2012

Objective of the consultation

State funding meeting the criteria of Article 107(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) constitutes state aid and requires notification to the Commission. However, according to Art 109 TFEU, the Council may determine categories of aid that are exempt from the mandatory notification procedure set out in Article 108(3) TFEU. In application of Art 109 TFEU, the Council, by adopting Regulation (EC) No. 994/98 ('Enabling Regulation') enabled the Commission to declare compatible with the internal market and exempt from the notification procedure aid in the following categories: aid in favour of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), research, development and innovation (R&D&I), environmental protection, employment and training, and regional aid. On the basis of the Enabling Regulation, the Commission adopted the GBER, in force since 29 August 2008.

The GBER simplifies the procedures for aid granting authorities at national, regional or local level. It allows the granting of a range of measures with horizontal objectives considered to be in the common interest.

On 8th May 2012 the Commission adopted a Communication on State Aid Modernisation (SAM), setting out the objectives of an ambitious reform package. The modernisation of state aid control has three main, closely linked objectives:

  • Foster growth in a strengthened, dynamic and competitive internal market
  • Focus enforcement on cases with the biggest impact on the internal market
  • Streamlined rules and faster decisions

The review of the GBER constitutes an important element of SAM.

The GBER will expire on 31 December 2013. In this context, the present public consultation offers stakeholders the opportunity to provide input to the Commission at an early stage of policy making. Member States, other Institutions and stakeholders are invited to express their views on the GBER provisions currently applicable and to suggest possible amendments to these provisions.

View the consultation document

General block exemption Regulation

View the questionnaire

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Reference documents and other, related consultations

Previous reviews

Contact details

Responsible service: Directorate-General for Competition, State aid policy and scrutiny
Ref.: HT.3365 – SAM – GBER review
Postal address: European Commission
Directorate-General for Competition
State aid registry
1049 Brussels
Ref.: HT.3365 – SAM – GBER review

Replies to the consultation

The translations in English are made available for information purposes only

Member States
  • Austria - Joint Technical Secretariat of the CENTRAL EUROPE (ETC programmes) en
  • Austria - Chamber of Commerce Austria de en
  • Austria - Austrian Chamber of Labour de en
  • Austria - ETC programme, Austria-Czech Republic en
  • Austria - INTERACT Point Vienna; Platform of the European Territorial Cooperation (ETC programmes) en
  • Belgium - Flemish government en
  • Cyprus - Cyprus Chamber of Commerce en
  • Czech Republic - Office for the Protection of Competition - Department of public support cs en
  • Denmark - Ministry of Business and Growth en
  • Finland - Ministry of Employment and the Economy fi en
  • Finland - Central Baltic INTERREG IV A Programme 2007-2013 (ETC programmes) en
  • France - Directorate-Europe Region Nord Pas de Calais (ETC programmes) fr
  • France - Prefecture Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur fr
  • France - French authorities fr
  • France - Interreg IV A 2 Seas JTS (ETC programmes) fr
  • France - Managing Authority of the INTERREG IVA France (Channel)-England fr
  • France - General Counsil of Pyrenees-Atlantiques fr
  • France - Conférence des présidents des régions ultrapériphériques fr
  • Germany - Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology de
  • Germany - Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs de en
  • Greece - Ministry of Employment el
  • Greece - Special Service Management Operational Program "Human Resources Development" el en
  • Hungary - Ministry of National Development hu
  • Italy - Committee on Education, Employment, Innovation and Research it en
  • Italy - Presidency of the Council of Ministers - Department for European Policies it en
  • Italy - Joint Technical Secretariat (ETC programmes) en
  • Italy - Employment Agency of the Autonomous Province of Trento it en
  • Italy - Chambers of Commerce - Veneto region it en
  • Latvia - Ministry of Economic Affairs lv en
  • Lithuania - Ministry of Agriculture lt en
  • Lithuania - Ministry of Economy lt en
  • Lithuania - Joint Technical Secretariat (ETC programmes) en
  • Lithuania - Edmunds Sniķeris (professional in ETC programmes) en
  • Poland - Permanent representation of Poland pl en
  • Poland - Self-Government Agency pl en
  • Poland - Regional Programme Implementation Department; Marshal Office of the Wielkopolska Region pl en
  • Portugal - Permanent representation of Portugal pt en
  • Portugal - Regional Government of the Autonomous Region of Madeira fr fr
  • Spain - Directorate General of Monitoring and Evaluation Policy es en
  • Spain - Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade es en
  • Spain - Directorate General of Economic Affairs with the EU. Ministry of Economy, Finance and Security es en
  • Sweden - Government Offices Ministry sv en
  • United Kingdom - Department for Business, Innovation and Skills answering for the UK Government en en
  • United Kingdom - Welsh Local Government Association en
Public authorities
  • Norway - Norwegian authorities en
  • Registered organisations
    • Austria - Wien Energie de en
    • Belgium - RREUSE (European Network of Social Enterprises ) en
    • Denmark - Danish Maritime en
    • France - SYNDEAC (National Association of Artistic and Cultural Enterprises) fr
    • Germany - Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie de en
    • Spain - BRINCROISS (advisory assistance and grants) es en
    • Spain - ONCE (Spanish National Organisation of the Blind) en
    • United Kingdom - Royal Society for the Protection of Birds en
    • United Kingdom - The National Trust (Not-for Profit NGO) en
    • United Kingdom - National Council for Voluntary Organisations en
    Non-registered organisations
    • Austria - Austria's energy de en
    • Austria - Association of public and social economy of Austria de en
    • Belgium - AECM - European Association of Mutual Guarantee Societies en en
    • Belgium - CECOP – European Confederation of Worker Cooperatives en
    • Belgium - European Disability Forum en
    • Belgium - Enel S.p.A. en
    • Belgium - Ensie - European Network of Social Integration Enterprises fr en
    • Belgium - Network or European Financial Institutions (NEFI) en
    • Cyprus - Human Resource Development Authority di Cipro (HRDA) el en
    • Cyprus - PROMOTION RESEARCH FOUNDATION (Grant Programs Finance Division) el en
    • France - ARAMIS (Association of four committees profesionnels of economic development) fr
    • France - Confrontations Europe (european think tank) en
    • France - National Federation of ESH (Social housing enterprises) fr
    • France - EuroTempus - federation of watchmaking EU fr
    • Germany - Federal Association of German Public Sector Banks de en
    • Germany - Surety Association of German Banks de en
    • Greece - General Secretariat for Research & Technology of Greece el en
    • Ireland - Enterprise Ireland (government organisation) en
    • Netherlands - Aedes, Dutch association of social housing organizations en
    • Poland - Centre for Antitrust and Regulatory Studies pl en
    • Poland - Labour Office (Slupsk) pl en
    • United Kingdom - Fife Council Enterprise Planning and Protective Services en
    • United Kingdom - Local Enterprise Partnership for the Tees Valley en
    Individual contributions
    • Cyprus - IOANNOU, Nicos en
    • Italy - Giuseppe Desantis (professional in transport sector) it en
    • Netherlands - Prof. Dr. R.H.C.Luja (specialist in the area of taxation & state aid) en
    Anonymous contributions
    • Anonymous 1 de
    • Anonymous 2 ro
    • Anonymous 3 de
    • Anonymous 4 en
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