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Consultation on a draft General Block Exemption Regulation (the GBER) on state aid measures

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 public authorities dealing with the state aid measures covered by the GBER.

Consultation period

From 18.12.2013 until 12.02.2014

Objective of the consultation

The General block exemption Regulation (GBER), in force since 29 August 2008, simplifies aid granting procedures for Member States by authorising without prior notification a range of measures fulfilling horizontal common interest objectives.

The Commission launched, with its Communication on State aid Modernisation (SAM) of 8 May 2012, a broad review of State aid rules. State aid enforcement should facilitate sustainable, smart and inclusive growth, focus on cases with the biggest impact on the single market, streamline the rules and provide for faster, better informed and more robust decisions. The review of the GBER is at the centre of the SAM reform and contributes to all objectives, with particular focus on simplification. The revised GBER significantly extends the exempted aid by providing higher notification thresholds and aid intensities in many areas, and by including a number of new categories of aid, following the adoption by the Council of an amendment of the Enabling Regulation on 22 July 2013.

A first consultation on the draft GBER took place from 8 May to 28 June 2013 and, for the new exemption categories, between 24 July 2013 and 10 September 2013.

The revised draft presented in the current public consultation is a consolidated and revised version of the first drafts, taking account of the comments received in the consultation process so far. It includes new categories of exempted aid and further simplifies the assessment, thus reducing the administrative burden for Member States. The enlargement of the scope of the GBER and simplification will have to be balanced by increased transparency of aid measures and strengthened ex-post controls.

The Commission will adopt the final GBER by July 2014.

How to submit your contribution

  • You are invited to respond to this consultation in any official EU language. Given the possible delays in translating comments submitted in certain languages, translations of the replies into one of the Commission's working languages (preferably English) would be welcome to enable the Commission to process them more swiftly.
  • In your reply, please indicate whether you are replying as citizen, organisation or public authority. If your organisation is registered in the Transparency Register, please indicate your Register ID number. If your organisation is not registered, we invite you to register now, although it is not compulsory to be registered to reply to the consultation. Responses from organisations not registered will be published separately.
  • Contributions will be published on this webpage. Submissions that are clearly marked "confidential" will be treated as such and not published. In that case please also provide a non-confidential version of your reply. It is important to read the privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

View the consultation document

Reference documents and other, related consultations

Contact details

Responsible service: Directorate-General for Competition, Unit A.3 State aid policy and scrutiny
Please always indicate the reference number in your correspondence: 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

Member States
  • Bulgaria - Permanent Representation bg
  • Croatia - Ministry of Finance, Economic Affairs Sector en
  • Czech Republic - Permanent Representation cs
  • Denmark - Ministry of Business and Growth en
  • Estonia - Permanent Representation en
  • Finland - Ministry of Employment and the Economy en
  • France - Permanent Representation fr - fr
  • Germany - Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie de
  • Greece - Permanent Representation el
  • Hungary - Permanent Representation en
  • Ireland - Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation en
  • Italy - Permanent Representation it
  • Latvia - Ministry of Finance lv
  • Lithuania - Competition Council of the Republic of Lithuania lt - lt
  • Luxembourg - Ministry of Economy en
  • Netherlands - Ministry of Economic Affairs - Dutch interministerial state aid working party nl
  • Poland - Office of Competition and Consumer Protection pl
  • Portugal - Permanent Representation pt
  • Romania - Permanent Representation ro
  • Slovenia - Ministry of Finance en
  • Spain - Ministerio de Industria, Energia y Turismo es
  • Spain - Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperación es
  • Sweden - Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications sv
  • United Kingdom - Permanent Representation en
Public authorities
  • Austria - Austria Tech en
  • Belgium - Region Bruxelles-Capitale fr
  • Belgium - Communauté française de Belgique fr
  • Belgium - Conseil économique et social de Wallonie (Conseil Wallon de la Politique Scientifique -CPS) fr
  • Belgium - Vlaamse Overheid nl
  • Belgium - Wallonie/Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles fr
  • Croatia - Ministry of Finance - Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development en
  • Czech Republic - Technology Agency of the Czech Republic en
  • Finland - Government of Åland sv
  • Finland - TEKES en
  • France - Nord France Innovation Développement (NFID) fr
  • France - Région Île de France fr
  • France - Région Midi-Pyrénées fr
  • Germany - Die Bürogemeinschaft de
  • Germany - Deutscher Städte- und Gemeindebund (DStGB) de
  • Germany - Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development de de
  • Germany - Filmförderungsanstalt de
  • Italy - Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia en
  • Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries en
  • Poland - Lower Silesia Voivodhip en
  • Spain - Generalitat de Catalunya es
  • Spain - Gobierno de Canarias es
  • Spain - Junta de Andalucia es
  • United Kingdom - Cornwall Council en
  • United Kingdom - Environment Agency England Response en
  • United Kingdom - Gateshead Council en
  • United Kingdom - Greater Manchester Local Authorities en
  • United Kingdom - North Tyneside Council en
  • United Kingdom - North East Local Enterprise Partnership en en
  • United Kingdom - Northumberland County Council en
  • United Kingdom - Sunderland City Council en en
  • United Kingdom - South Tyneside Council en en
Registered organisations
  • Austria - Austrian Electrical and Electronics Industries - FFEI de
  • Austria - Bundesarbeitskammer - BAK de
  • Austria - Industrieellenvereinigung de
  • Austria - Fachverband Maschinen & Metallwaren Industrie de
  • Austria - Oesterreichs Energie de
  • Austria - Wien Energie de en
  • Austria - Wirtschaftskammer Österreich (WKÖ) de
  • Belgium - Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (ACE) en
  • Belgium - Bird & Bird en
  • Belgium - Birdlife International en
  • Belgium - Cable Europe en
  • Belgium - Cine Regio en
  • Belgium - Coalition for Energy Savings en
  • Belgium - COGEN Europe en
  • Belgium - ConcertES - concertation des organisations représentatives de l'économie sociale asbl fr
  • Belgium - ENSIE fr en
  • Belgium - E.ON en
  • Belgium - Eurelectric en
  • Belgium - Eurogas en
  • Belgium - Eurodom fr
  • Belgium - European Disability Forum en
  • Belgium - European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings - EuroACE en
  • Belgium - European Association of Mutual Guarantee Societies (AECM) en
  • Belgium - European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) en
  • Belgium - European Association of Public Banks - EAPB en
  • Belgium - European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO) en
  • Belgium - European Craft and SME Association – UEAPME en
  • Belgium - European Federation of Intelligent Energy Efficiency Services - EFIEES en - annex en
  • Belgium - European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) en
  • Belgium - Euratex, Confédération européenne de l'industrie de la chaussure, European Fur Information Center en
  • Belgium - European Geothermal Energy Council en
  • Belgium - European Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (EVCA) en
  • Belgium - European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) en
  • Belgium - European Wind Energy Association - EWEA en
  • Belgium - Federation of European Publishers fr
  • Belgium - GDF Suez en
  • Belgium - Ghent University en
  • Belgium - Groupe Terre fr
  • Belgium - Iberdrola en
  • Belgium - Maison européenne des pouvoirs locaux français (MEPLF) fr
  • Belgium - Network of European Financial Institutions for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (NEFI) en
  • Belgium - Pearle Europe en
  • Belgium - Tata Steel Europe en
  • Belgium - Veolia Environnement en
  • Cyprus - Chamber of Commerce and Industry en
  • Czech Republic - Association for District Heating (ADHCR) en
  • Denmark - Confederation of Danish Industry en
  • Denmark - Danish Energy Association en
  • Finland - Confederation of the Finnish Industries - EK en
  • Finland - European Games Developer Federation -EGDF en
  • Finland - Finnish Forest Industries Federation en
  • France - Assemblée permanente des Chambres de Métiers et de l'Artisanat (APCMA) fr
  • France - Association française des entreprises privées - AFEP fr
  • France - Association Française de la Gestion financière - AFG en
  • France - Association française des investisseurs pour la croissance - AFIC fr
  • France - Fédération des Industries du Cinéma, de l'Audiovisuel et du Multimédia - FICAM fr
  • France - Fédération des Services Energie Environnement - FEDENE en
  • France - France Biomasse Energie fr
  • France - Orange en
  • France - Syndicat National de l'Edition (SNE) fr
  • Germany - AG Kino - Gilde deutscher Filmkunsttheater e.V. de
  • Germany - Association of German Cable Operators - ANGA en
  • Germany - Banking Industry Committee de en
  • Germany - Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft der Freien Wohlfahrtspflege e.V. (BAGFW) - EU Vertretung de - de
  • Germany - Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI) de
  • Germany - Energy Efficiency Association for Heating, Cooling and CHP (AGFW) de
  • Germany - Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft (BDEW) de
  • Germany - Bundesverband Öffentlicher Banken Deutschlands, VÖB de
  • Germany - Caritasverband für Diözese Würzburg e.V. de - de
  • Germany - Caritas in NRW de
  • Germany - Deutscher Bauernverband de
  • Germany - Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag e.V., DIHK de
  • Germany - Deutsche Olympische Sportbund (DOSB), Deutsche Fußball-Bund (DFB), Deutsche Fußball-Liga (DFL) de
  • Germany - Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund Bundesvorstand - Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Arbeitgeberverbände - Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft der Freien de
  • Germany - Deutscher Franchise-Verband e.V. de
  • Germany - Diözesan-Caritasverbande für das Erzbistum Köln e.V de
  • Germany - Fraunhofer Gesellschaft de en
  • Germany - Katholische Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft "Integration durch Arbeit" (IDA) im Deutschen Caritasverband e.V. de
  • Germany - Landes-Caritasverband Bayern de - de
  • Germany - Verband der Industriellen Energie- und Kraftwirtschaft e.V. (VIK) de
  • Germany - Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft de
  • Germany - Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks e.V. de
  • Italy - Assonave it
  • Italy - Confindustria it
  • Italy - Telecom Italia en
  • Netherlands - Philips en
  • Poland - Polish Confederation Lewiatan pt
  • Portugal - Energias de Portugal (EDP) en
  • Slovenia - Holding Slovenske elektrarne d.o.o. en
  • Spain - ONCE and Fundación ONCE en
  • Spain - Unión Española Fotovoltaica - UNEF en
  • United Kingdom - British Film Commission en
  • United Kingdom - Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership en
  • United Kingdom - E3G en
  • United Kingdom - The National Trust en
  • United Kingdom - UK Steel en
Non-registered organisations
  • Belgium - CECOP en
  • Belgium - Euroheat & Power en
  • Belgium - ETNO en
  • Belgium - Natuurpunt en
  • Belgium - SeaEurope en
  • Bulgaria - District Heating Association en
  • Czech Republic - Confederation of Industry en
  • Finland - TAFTIE en
  • France - Association pour le Développement Industriel de la Réunion fr
  • France - Association des Régions de France fr
  • France - European Venture Fund Investors Network (EVFIN) en
  • France - Conseil Régional Guadeloupe fr
  • France - Fédération nationale des employeurs du spectacle vivant public et privé (FEPS) fr
  • Germany - Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Spitzenverbände der Freien Wohlfahrtspflege des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen de
  • Germany - Handwerkskammer für Oberfranken de
  • Germany - Deutsche Telekom en
  • Germany - Institut für Sportstättenberatung GmbH (IFS) de
  • Germany - LIGA der Freien Wohlfahrtspflege Spitzenverbände im Land Brandenburg de
  • Germany - Liga der Freien Wohlfahrtspflege in Hessen de de
  • Germany - Oppenhoff & Partner de
  • Germany - Unternehmerverbände Niedersachsen e.V. (UVN), Deutsche Gewerkschaftsbund Niedersachsen, Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft der Freien Wohlfahrtspflege in Niedersachsen de
  • Germany - Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks e.V. de
  • Poland - Chamber of Commerce Polish District Heating en
  • Portugal - Rede de Empresas Sociais de Inserção pelo Trabalho (RESIT) fr
  • Spain - Federació d'Empreses d'Inserció de Catalunya fr
  • Spain - National Committee of People with Disabilities Representatives, CERMI en
  • United Kingdom - Biorenewables Development Centre en
  • United Kingdom - European Film Agency Directors en
  • United Kingdom - North East Finance en
  • United Kingdom - Midven Ltd en
  • United Kingdom - Tees Valley Unlimited en
  • United Kingdom - Woodland Europe en
Individual contributions
  • Denmark - Randall Bowie en
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