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Consultation on the revision of the European Union rules on regional state aid

Policy field

Competition: State aid

Target group

Public authorities, citizens, companies and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from the national authorities dealing with regional state aid rules.

Period of consultation

From 24.01.2012 to 26.04.2012

Objective of the consultation

As a derogation to the general prohibition to grant aid the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) provides that state aid to promote regional development can, under certain conditions, be considered compatible with the internal market pursuant to Articles 107(3)(a) or (c) of the TFEU. The compatibility criteria to be fulfilled as regards such aid are defined by the European Commission and laid down in different texts:

  • the Guidelines on national regional aid for 2007-2013 (hereinafter referred to as the 'RAG'), which lay down the provisions on the basis of which notified state aid granted in order to promote the economic development of certain disadvantaged areas within the European Union can be considered compatible with the internal market;
  • the Communication concerning the criteria for an in-depth assessment of regional aid to large investment projects (hereinafter referred to as the 'in-depth assessment Communication' or 'IDAC');
  • the relevant provisions of Commission Regulation (EC) No 800/2008 of 6 August 2008 declaring certain categories of aid compatible with the common market in application of Articles 87 and 88 of the Treaty (General block exemption Regulation – GBER) , which lay down, inter alia, the conditions under which regional State aid is considered to be compatible with the internal market without requiring prior notification to the Commission.

The RAG and 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 and other interested parties are invited to express their views on the EU rules currently applicable to regional state aid and to suggest possible amendments to these rules.

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Reference documents

http://ec.europa.eu/competition/state_aid/regional_aid/regional_aid.html
http://ec.europa.eu/competition/state_aid/legislation/block.html

Contact details

Responsible service: DG Competition, Unit H1
E-mail address for replies: stateaidgreffe@ec.europa.eu
Ref.: HT.3127 Public consultation regional aid

Postal address:
European Commission
Directorate-General for Competition
Ref.: HT.3127 Public consultation regional aid
State aid Registry
1049 Bruxelles/Brussel
BELGIQUE/BELGIE

Results of consultation and next steps

On 14 January 2013 the services of DG Competition have published a consultation paper containing draft guidelines. The document is available for comments until 11 March 2013.

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Member States
  • Estonia en
  • France fr
  • Latvia lv
Public authorities
  • Austria - Amt der Österreichischen Landesregierung de
  • Austria - Amt der Oberösterreichischen Landesregierung de
  • Austria - Amt der Steiermärkischen Landesregierung de
  • Austria - Amt der Tiroler Landesregierung de
  • Denmark - Region Sjælland da
  • Denmark - Region Syddanmark da
  • Denmark - Regional Municipality of Bornholm en
  • Germany - Bundesvereinigung der kommunalen Spitzenverbände de
  • Germany - Landkreis Helmstedt de
  • France - Region Midi-Pyrénées fr
  • Ireland - Cork City Council en
  • Italy - Conference of Italian Regions and Autonomous Provinces it
  • Italy - Consiglio Regionale Della Sardegna it
  • Italy - Regione Calabria it
  • Lithuania - Lithuanian Competition Council en
  • Netherlands - Provincie Limburg nl
  • Norway - County Council of Nordland en
  • Poland - Uokik pl
  • Spain - Agencia de Innovación y Desarrollo de Andalucía es
  • Spain - Generalitat de Catalunya es
  • Spain - Gobierno Basco es
  • Spain - Junta de Andalucía es
  • Spain - Servicio de Acción Exterior del Gobierno de Aragón es
  • Sweden - County Administrative Board of Västernorrland en
  • Sweden - Regionförbundet Östsam sv
  • Sweden - Västra Götalandsregionen sv
  • UK - Central Bedfordshire Council en
  • UK - Ceredigion County Council en
  • UK - City of Edinburgh Council en
  • UK - Convention of Scottish Local Authorities en
  • UK - Cornwall Council en
  • UK - Denbigshire County Council en
  • UK - Dundee City Council en
  • UK - East of Scotland European Consortium en
  • UK - East Sussex County Council en
  • UK - Fife Council en
  • UK - Gwynedd Council en
  • UK - Inverclyde Council en
  • UK - Leicester City Council en
  • UK - Local Government Association en
  • UK - Orkney Islands Council en
  • UK - South of Scotland Alliance en
  • UK - South Yorkshire Local Authorities en
  • UK - Tendring District Council en - annex 1 en - annex 2 en
  • UK - Welsh Local Government Association en
  • UK - West of Scotland European Forum en
Registered organisations
  • Anonymous - Austria de
  • Austria - Bundesarbeitskammer de
  • Austria - Fachverband der Elektro- und Elektronikindustrie de
  • Fachverband Maschinen und Metallwaren Industrie de
  • Belgium - EURADA en
  • Belgium - EURODOM fr
  • Belgium - European Man-Made Fibres Association fr
  • Germany - BAG der Freien Wohlfahrtspflege de
  • Germany - Bayerischer Handwerkstag de
  • Germany - Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund de
  • Germany - Handwerkskammer Niederbayern-Oberpfalz de - annex de
  • Germany - Industrievereinigung Chemiefaser e.V. de
  • Germany - Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks de
  • Finland - Finnish Forest Industries Federation en
  • France - Association européenne des élus de Montagne fr
  • France - EUROMONTANA en
  • France - Renault fr
  • France - STMicroelectronics en
  • Greece - Watertrust de - annex de
  • Hungary - Keresztényekért Alapítvány hu
  • Ireland - Smurfit Kappa Group en
  • Italy - Confcommercio it
  • Norway - The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise en
  • Norway - Virke - The Enterprise Federation of Norway en
  • Poland - HIPH pl
  • UK - Highlands and Islands Enterprise-European Parnership en
  • Tata Steel Europe en
Non-registered organisations
  • Anonymous - France fr
  • Anonymous - Germany en
  • Anonymous - Hungary hu
  • Austria - Kärntner Wirtschaftsförderungs Fonds de
  • Belgium - European Semiconductor Industry Association en
  • Czech Republic - Úrad pro ochranu hospodárské souteže cs
  • Finland - Northern Sparsely Populated Areas en
  • France - CETIM fr
  • Germany - Bundesverband Oeffentlicher Banken Deutschlands de
  • Germany - Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie de
  • Germany - Globalfoundries en
  • Germany - Handwerkskammer für Oberfranken de - annex de
  • Germany - IHK für Oberfranken Bayreuth de - annex de
  • Germany - IHK zu Coburg de
  • Germany - NXP Semiconductors en
  • Ireland - Cork Chamber en
  • Ireland - Chambers Ireland en
  • Ireland - Food and Drink Industry Ireland en
  • Italy - CISL Calabria it
  • Italy - Consorzio Del Cedro Di Calabria it
  • Italy - Federacciai en - annex en
  • Italy - Gal Alto Bellunese it
  • Italy - ILVA it - annex it
  • Italy - Liceo Scientifico Statale Zaleuco it
  • Italy - Unioncamere del Veneto it
  • Italy - Universita Di Bologna-Europroject it - annex 1 fr - annex 2 it - annex 3 en - annex 4 it - annex 5 it - annex 6 it - annex 7 fr - annex 8 en
  • Portugal - Associação das Indústrias Navais pt
  • Portugal - Conférence des Présidents des Régions Ultrapériphériques fr
  • Portugal - Sociedade de Desenvolvimento da Madeira pt
  • Romania - Dacia fr
  • Spain - GAMESA es
  • Sweden - Swedish Forest Industries Federation en
  • UK - EEF en
  • UK - Europe and International Forum en
  • UK - Highlands and Islands Enterprise en
  • UK - Industrial Communities Alliance en
  • UK - New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership en
  • UK - RSPB - en
  • UK - Scottish Enterprise en
  • UK - The National Trust en
Individual citizens
  • Armin Schusterbauer de
  • Francesco Romano it
  • Gerd Messner en
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