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Consultation on the second 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 17.07.2013 to 09.09.2013


Objective

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 ceiling below which aid measures are deemed not to have an effect on trade and competition.

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. The first consultation in the form of a questionnaire took place between 13 July and 5 October 2012. A second consultation which was open from 20 March to 15 May 2013 collected the views of the Member States and stakeholders on a first draft text of the de minimis Regulation. The present consultation aims to collect views on the second draft of the new de minimis Regulation replacing Regulation No 1998/2006.

The draft proposes the introduction of a central register of all de minimis measures as a gradual process, allowing Member States a sufficient transitional period for setting it up. The draft also substantially clarifies and simplifies the rules, in line with recurring requests from stakeholders. For example, it introduces a safe-harbour for loans in addition to the existing safe-harbour for guarantees, and provides for a simplified definition of “undertaking” in order to increase legal certainty and reduce administrative burden.

View the consultation documents

Second draft of the new de minimis Regulation

Reference documents and other, related consultations


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: stateaidgreffe@ec.europa.eu

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

Replies to the consultation

Member States
  • Austria - de
  • Belgium - fr
  • Bulgaria - bg
  • Croatia - en
  • Cyprus - en
  • Czech Republic - cs
  • Denmark - en
  • Estonia - en
  • Finland - en
  • France - fr
  • Germany - de
  • Greece - el
  • Hungary - en
  • Italy - it
  • Latvia - lv
  • Lithuania - lt
  • Malta - en
  • Netherlands - nl
  • Poland - pl
  • Portugal - pt
  • Slovakia - sk
  • Slovenia - en
  • Spain - es
  • Sweden - en
  • United Kingdom - en
Public authorities
  • Belgium - Service Public de Wallonie - fr
  • Belgium - Vlaamse Overheid - nl
  • Finland - Government of Aland - sv
  • France - ARF - Association des Régions de France - fr
  • Germany - Bundesvereinigung der kommunalen Spitzenverbände de
  • Germany - Europabüro der Bayerischen Kommunen de
  • Spain - Generalitat Catalunya - es
Registered organisations
  • Austria - FGW - Fachverband der Gas- und Wärmeversorgungsunternehmungen - de
  • Austria - Wirtschaftskammer Österreich - Abteilung für Rechtspolitik - de
  • Belgium - AECM - European Association of Mutual Guarantee Societies - en en
  • Belgium - Business Angels Europe - en
  • Belgium - Business Europe en
  • Belgium - ENSIE - European Network of Social Integration Enterprises - en
  • Belgium - NEFI - Network of European Financial Institutions for Small and Medium Enterprises - en
  • Belgium - Delegazione di Confindustria presso l'UE - it
  • Belgium - UEAPME - European Association for Crafts and SMEs - en
  • Belgium - UETR - European Road Haulers Association - en
  • Denmark - Confederation of Danish Industry - en
  • France - ARAMIS - fr
  • Germany - AGFW - Der Energieeffizienzverband fur Wärme, Kälte und KWK - en - en
  • Germany - BDI - Federation of German Industries - de
  • Germany - BGL - Bundesverband Güterkraftverkehr Logistik und Entsorgung - de
  • Germany - Deutsche Kreditwirtschaft - de
  • Germany - Deutscher Bauernverband e.V. - de
  • Germany - DIHK - Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag - de
  • Germany - VDB - Verband Deutscher Bürgschaftsbanken - de
  • Germany - VÖB - Bundesverband Oeffentlicher Banken Deutschlands - de
  • Germany - ZDH - Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks - de
  • Italy - ANFIA - ANITA - it
  • Italy - Confagricoltura - it
  • Italy - META Group - en
  • Spain - CEOE - Confederacion Espanola de Organizaciones Empresariales es
  • United Kingdom - NCVO - National Council for Voluntary Organisations - en
  • United Kingdom - The National Trust - en
Non-registered organisations
  • France - APCMA - Assemblée Permanente des Chambres de Métiers et de l'Artisanat - fr
  • Germany - Creditreform Rating AG - de
  • Greece - HCIA- ELSEVIE - el
  • Netherlands - Nysingh Advocaten Notarissen - en
  • Netherlands - Staatssteun - nl
  • Poland - Polska Organizacja Pracodawcow OSOB - pl
  • Poland - Zachodniopomorskie - pl
  • Slovenia - Slovenski podjetniški sklad / Slovene Enterprise Fund - sl
  • Spain - ANFAC - Asociacion Española de Fabricantes Automóviles y Camiones - es
  
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