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Targeted review of the General Block Exemption Regulation (State aid): extension to national funds combined with certain Union programmes


Policy field

Competition: State aid

Target group

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

Period of consultation

From 26.06.2019 to 27.09.2019

Objective of the consultation

The General Block Exemption Regulation (“GBER”) allows Member States to implement a wide range of public support measures without prior notification to the Commission, in areas such as research and development, environmental protection or support to SMEs. This reduces the administrative burden for public authorities and speeds up delivery of public support, including support granted via EU structural funds.

To ensure that national and EU funds can be combined seamlessly under the new Multiannual Financial Framework without undermining competition in the internal market, the Commission aims, with the present targeted review of the GBER, to improve the interplay between EU funding rules and State aid rules and streamline State aid control of national funds, including EU shared management funds, combined with EU programmes managed centrally by the Commission.

To this end, the European Commission has launched the targeted review of the General Block Exemption Regulation (the GBER) which extends the GBER to national funds, including EU shared management funds, combined with EU programmes managed centrally by the Commission in the following three areas:

  1. Financing and investment operations supported by the InvestEU Fund;

  2. RD&I projects having received a Seal of Excellence under Horizon2020 or Horizon Europe as well as co-funded projects independently evaluated and selected following transnational calls under the Horizon Europe programme including under Teaming actions independently evaluated and selected following transnational calls under Horizon 2020 or the Horizon Europe programme;

  3. European Territorial Cooperaion projects (ETC, also called Interreg).

How to submit your contribution

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 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. Only submissions that are clearly marked "CONFIDENTIAL" (in English, in capital letters) 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.

We would appreciate receiving submissions electronically, as attachments to emails in .doc or .pfd format, in English, French or German. Please see for contact details below.

Please note that we cannot guarantee to take account of replies received after the deadline.

Consultation document

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Reference documents

Background note accompanying the first public consultation of the GBER amendment
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Contact details

Responsible service:

Directorate-General for Competition – Unit 03
Please always indicate the reference number in your correspondence: HT.5224

E-Mail adress:

COMP-03-PUBLIC-CONSULTATION@ec.europa.eu

Postal address:

European Commission
Directorate-General for Competition, Unit 03
State aid registry
1049 Bruxelles / Brussel
Belgique/België
Ref.: HT 5224



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