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Consultation on the prolongation of the period of application of the General block exemption Regulation ('GBER prolongation')

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 national authorities dealing with measures covered by the GBER.

Consultation period

From 11.10.2013 until 08.11.2013

Objective of the consultation

The parallel revision of interdependent State aid instruments in the context of EU State Aid Modernisation, such as those regarding research and development and innovation, environmental aid, risk capital and rescue and restructuring of firms in difficulties cannot be finalised before the GBER expires. In order to ensure a consistent approach across all State aid instruments, it is therefore appropriate to extend the period of application by six months, until 30 June 2014. To reduce the administrative burden, summary information regarding the prolongation of measures on which such summary information had already been provided in accordance with Article 9 GBER should be deemed to have been communicated to the Commission, provided no substantive amendment is made. On 7 October 2013, the Commission adopted a draft of the GBER prolongation.

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

Reason why the consultation period is less than 12 weeks

Simple extension of a regulation

Reference documents and other, related consultations

First round of public consultation for GBER II and GBER prolongation

First Advisory Committee Meeting on GBER II (September 2013)

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
  • Czech Republic - Permanent Representation cs
  • Estonia - Permanent Representation en
  • Finland - Ministry of Employment and Economy en
  • Germany - Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie de
  • Hungary - Ministry of National Development en
  • Lithuania - Competition Council of the Republic of Lithuania lt
  • Poland - Office of Competition and Consumer Protection pl
  • Romania - Permanent Reprsentation ro
  • Slovak Republic - Ministry of Finance sk
Registered organisations
  • Belgium - EVCA - European Private Equity and Venture Capital Asssociation en
  • Belgium - European Association for Crafts and SMEs (UAPME) en
Non-registered organisations
  • Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Government agency) en
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