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Targeted review of the General Block Exemption Regulation (State aid): extension to ports and airports

Policy field

State aid

Target group

All citizens, organisations and public authorities are welcome to contribute to this consultation.

Consultation period

From 07.03.2016 until 30.05.2016

Objective of the consultation

In recital 1 of the GBER (Regulation 651/2014), it is announced that the Commission envisages including ports and airports in the GBER, which have so far not been included, as soon as sufficient case experience has been collected. This initiative aims to simplify the application of State aid rules, thus reducing administrative burden and costs and speeding up the implementation of projects. By including aid measures for ports and airports into the GBER, Member States will no longer have to notify the measures to the Commission and wait for the approval of the Commission before they can start implementation.

As required by the legal basis of the GBER (Council Regulation (EU) 2015/1588 of 13 July 2015), the Commission will carry out two public consultations on drafts of the Regulation and will consult Member States in Advisory Committee meetings on both drafts. This is the first public consultation.

We welcome contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities.

  • If you are answering this consultation as a citizen, please click here to submit your contribution.
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of an organisation, please click here to submit your contribution.
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of a public authority, please click here to submit your contribution.

Received 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.

Please note that we cannot guarantee to take account of replies received after the deadline.
We would appreciate receiving documents in an electronic format, preferably in English, French or German.

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Contact details

Responsible service: Directorate-General for Competition, Unit 03
Please always indicate the reference number in your correspondence: HT.4691

Postal address: European Commission
Directorate-General for Competition
State aid registry
1049 Brussels
Ref.: HT.4691
Fax (32-2) 296 12 42

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