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Consultation on the first draft of the new de minimis Regulation replacing Regulation No 1998/2006

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 public authorities dealing with measures covered by the de minimis Regulation.

Period of consultation

From 20.03.2013 to 15.05.2013


State funding meeting the criteria of Article 107(1) TFEU constitutes State aid. However, the Council, by adopting Regulation (EC) No. 994/98 ('Enabling Regulation') enabled the Commission to set out in a Regulation a threshold below which aid measures are exempted from the notification obligation under Article 108(3) TFEU even when they do not meet all the criteria of Article 107(1).

On this basis, the Commission adopted Regulation (EC) 1998/2006 to de minimis aid, in force since 1 January 2007. This Regulation set the de minimis ceiling at EUR 200 000 per undertaking granted over any period of three fiscal years, and thus considerably simplified the granting of small amounts of support. It will expire on 31 December 2013 and will therefore be reviewed.

On 8 May 2012, the Commission adopted a Communication on the State aid modernisation initiative ('SAM'), launching the political debate on the modernisation of State aid control. The review of the de minimis Regulation is an important element of SAM.

The Commission already invited the other institutions, Member States and stakeholders to provide input for the revision of the de minimis Regulation. This first consultation using a explanatory_note took place between 13 July and 5 October 2012. The present consultation aims to collect the views of the Member States and stakeholders on the first draft text of the de minimis Regulation.

The draft proposes the introduction of a central register of all de minimis measures as a gradual process, allowing Member States a generous transitional period for setting it up. The draft also substantially clarifies and simplifies the rules, in line with recurring requests from stakeholders, and so will reduce the administrative burden for small aid measures considerably.

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These are non-official translations. In case of doubt, the English version prevails.

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Contact details

Responsible service: Competition DG, Unit A3. State aid policy and scrutiny
Please always indicate the reference number in your correspondence: HT.3572 – SAM – de minimis review
E-mail address for replies:

Postal address:
European Commission
Directorate-General for Competition
State aid Registry
1049 Bruxelles/Brussel
Ref.: HT.3572 – SAM – de minimis review

Replies to the consultation

Member States
  • Austria - Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft, Jugend und Familie de
  • Bundesregierung der Bundesrepublik Deutschland de
  • Czech Authorities cs
  • Danish Authorities da
  • Dutch interministerial working group on state aid en
  • Estonian authorities en
  • Finland - Ministry of Employment and Economy en
  • French Authorities fr
  • Greece - Ministry of Finance el
  • Hungarian Authorities en
  • Irish Authorities en
  • Italian Authorities it
  • Lithuania - Competition Council of the Republic of Lithuania lt
  • Latvia - Ministry of Finance lv
  • Poland - Office of competition and consumer protection pl
  • Portuguese Authorities pt
  • Spanish Delegation es
  • Sweden - Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications en
  • Slovak authorities sk
  • UK Authorities en
Public authorities
  • Austria - Amt der Vorarlberger Landesregierung de
  • Austria - Joint Technical Secretariat of Central Europe Transnational Programme en
  • Austria - Verwaltung Land Steiermark en
  • Belgium - Vlaamse Overheid nl
  • Belgium - Wallonie fr
  • Belgium - Conseil Supérieur de l'Education Permanente fr
  • Germany - Bundesvereiningung der Kommunalen Spitzenverbande de
  • Germany - Europabüro der Bayerischen kommunen de
  • Germany - Stadt Bamberg de
  • Finland - Åland Landskapsregering (Government of Åland) sv
  • France - ARF - Association des Régions de France fr
  • Italy - Consiglio Regionale dell'Abruzzo it
  • Italy - Conferenza delle Regioni e delle Province autonome it
  • Norwegian Government en
  • Poland - Wydzial Zarzadzania Rpo pl
  • Poland - Zachodniopomorskie pl
  • Spain - Junta de Andalucia es
  • Spain - Gobierno de Navarra es
  • Spain - Basque Governement es
  • Spain - Generalitat de Catalunya es
  • United Kingdom - COSLA - Convention of Scottish Local Authorities en
  • United Kingdom - Highland and Island Enterprise en
  • United Kingdom - Liverpool City Region en
  • United Kingdom - Local Government Association en
  • United Kingdom - Sheffield City Region en
  • United Kingdom - Wakefield Council en
  • United Kingdom - Welsh Local Government Association en
  • United Kingdom - West of Scotland European Forum en
Registered organisations
  • Austria - Bundesarbeitskammer de
  • Austria - Interact Point Vienna en
  • Austria - VOEWG Association of Public Services and Enterprires en
  • Austria - Wirtschaftskammer Oesterreich de
  • Belgium - BusinessEurope en
  • Belgium - CCRE - CEMR en
  • Belgium - European Association of Public Banks (EAPB) en
  • Belgium - European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (UEAPME) en
  • Belgium - European Network of Social Integration Enterprises (ENSIE) en
  • Belgium - European Association of Public Banks (EAPB) en
  • Belgium - International Road Transport Union (IRU) en
  • Belgium - Workability Europe en
  • Czech Chamber of Commerce en
  • Denmark - Confederation of Danish Industry en
  • Germany - Bauernverband de
  • Germany - Bayerischer Handwerkstag (BHT) de
  • Germany - Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie de
  • Germany - Bundesverband Güterkraftverkehr Logistik und Entsorgung e. V. de
  • Germany - Bundesverband Öffentlicher Banken Deutschlands (VOEB) de
  • Germany - Deutsche Kreditwirtschaft de
  • Germany - Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag de
  • Germany - Energieeffizienzverband fuer Waerme, Kaelte und KWK (AGFW) de
  • Germany - European Regional Aerodromes Community en
  • Germany - German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) de
  • Germany - Verband Deutscher Burgschaftsbanken de
  • Germany - Verband Kommunaler Unternehmen (VKU) de
  • Germany - Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks e.V. de
  • France - Aramis fr
  • France - Union des Aéroports Français fr
  • France - Conférence des Régions Péripheriques Maritimes d'Europe fr
  • Italy - Associazione Bancaria Italiana (ABI) en
  • Italy - ANFIA/ANITA it
  • Italy - Confindustria it
  • Poland - Comper Fornalczyk and Partners en
  • Portugal - Associacao Empresarial de Portugal pt
  • Spain - Confederacion Espanola de Transporte de Mercancias (CETM) es
  • United Kingdom - National Council for Voluntary Organisations en
Non-registerd organisations
  • Austria - Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH de
  • Austria - Wien Energie de
  • Belgium - European Association of Mutual guarantee Societies (AECM) en
  • Belgium - Federation Wallonne de l'Agriculture fr
  • France - Eurotempus fr
  • Germany - Die Waldeigentuemer e.V. de
  • The Netherlands - Linkedingroep - staatssteun nl
  • Poland - Association of International Road Hauliers (ZMPD) pl
  • Portugal - Ambitious Shoes pt
  • Portugal - Ant pt
  • Portugal - APICCAPS pt
  • Portugal - Apigraf pt
  • Portugal - Armando Silva S.A. pt
  • Portugal - Bo-Bell pt
  • Portugal - Calcado Raly pt
  • Portugal - Calcado Tropico, LDA pt
  • Portugal - Carribel pt
  • Portugal - Confederacao Empresarial de Portugal pt
  • Portugal - Cort-Gin pt
  • Portugal - Cumpts - Calcados Tulipa Negra S.A. pt
  • Portugal - Cunha & Filhos Lda. pt
  • Portugal - Dolphins & Sharks, LDA pt
  • Portugal - Domingos Ferreira pt
  • Portugal - Fortunato O. Frederico & Ca, LDA pt
  • Portugal - Lunik pt
  • Portugal - Mazoni Industria de Calcado, S.A. pt
  • Portugal - Monteiro & filhos, LDA pt
  • Portugal - Oceanus pt
  • Portugal - Pedreira pt
  • Portugal - Petasil pt
  • Portugal - Planitoi - Importacao & Exportacao S.A. pt
  • Portugal - Ponto Fiel pt
  • Portugal - Procalcado pt
  • Portugal - Soviras pt
  • Portugal - Tatuaggi pt
  • Slovakia - Coop - Produkt Slovensko en
  • United Kingdom - Scottish Enterprise - Scotland Europa en
  • United Kingdom - Tees Valley en
Individual contributions
  • Felmini pt
  • Karolina Skibinska pl
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