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Online complaint form

PLEASE NOTE: Due to modifications, only the English online form is available. The other language versions will be put online as soon as possible.

It is very important to fill in the form carefully and provide as much information as possible.

Please make sure to complete all the compulsory fields marked with a star (*). The complaint form cannot be submitted unless these fields are filled out. Once you have completed the form, click the "Send" button at the bottom of the screen. If you have not completed a section correctly, you will be asked to do so. If no error message appears, then the form has been completed correctly.

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If you need help in submitting your complaint, please contact us at: stateaidgreffe@ec.europa.eu


Indicate to which directorate general you wish to send your complaint.
Your complaint will automatically be sent to the directorate general in question.
If you are not sure which department is responsible, you may address your complaint to the Secretariat-General.

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1. Information regarding the complainant.
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2. I am submitting the complaint on behalf of somebody (a person or a firm).*   yes    no
3. Please select one of the following options, describing your identity.*
Competitor of the beneficiary(ies)
Trade association representing the interests of competitors
Non-governmental organisation
Trade Union
EU Citizen
Other, please specify

Please explain why and to what extent the alleged State aid affects your competitive position / the competitive position of the person/firm you represent. Provide as much concrete evidence as possible.

Please be aware that, by virtue of Article 20(2) of Council Regulation (EC) No 659/1999 of 22 March 1999 laying down detailed rules for the application of Article 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, only interested parties within the meaning of Article 1(h) of that Regulation may submit formal complaints. Therefore, in the absence of a demonstration that you are an interested party, the present form will not be registered as a complaint, and the information provided therein will be kept as general market information.

4. Please select one of the following two options:*
Yes, you may reveal my identity    No, you may not reveal my identity
If not, please specify the reasons:
 
Confidentiality: If you do not wish your identity or certain documents or information to be disclosed, please indicate this clearly, identify the confidential parts of any documents and give your reasons. In the absence of any indication about confidentiality of your identity or certain documents or information, those elements will be treated as non confidential and may be shared with the Member State allegedly granting the State aid. The information contained in points 5 and 6 cannot be designated as confidential.
5. Information regarding the Member State granting the aid.*
Please be aware: the information provided under this point is regarded as non-confidential.
a) Country:  
b) If known, specify which institution or body granted the alleged unlawful State aid:
  • Central government  
  • Region (please specify)  
  • Other (please specify)  
6. Information regarding the alleged aid measure.*
Please be aware: the information provided under this point is regarded as non-confidential.
a) Please provide a description of the alleged aid, and indicate in what form it was granted (loans, grants, guarantees, tax incentives or exemptions etc).
b) For what purpose was the alleged aid given (if known)?
c) What is the amount of the alleged aid (if known)? If you do not have the exact figure, please provide an estimate and as much justifying evidence as possible.
d) Who is the beneficiary? Please give as much information as possible, including a description of the main activities of the beneficiary/firm(s) concerned.
e) To your knowledge, when was the alleged aid granted?
f) Please select one of the following options:
According to my knowledge, the State aid was not notified to the Commission.
According to my knowledge, the State aid was notified, but it was granted before the decision of the Commission. If known, please indicate the notification reference number or indicate when the aid was notified.
According to my knowledge, the State aid was notified and approved by the Commission, but its implementation did not respect the applicable conditions. If known, please indicate the notification reference number or indicate when the aid was notified and approved.
According to my knowledge, the State aid was granted under a block exemption regulation, but its implementation did not respect the applicable conditions.
7. Grounds of complaint.*
Please note that, for a measure to qualify as State aid under Article 107(1) TFEU, the alleged aid has to be granted by a Member State or through State resources, it has to distort or threaten to distort competition by favouring certain undertakings or the production of certain goods, and affect trade between Member States.
a) Please explain to what extent public resources are involved (if known) and, if the measure was not adopted by a public authority (but for instance by a public undertaking), please explain why, in your view, it is imputable to public authorities of a Member State.
b) Please explain why, in your opinion, the alleged State aid is selective (i.e. favours certain commercial undertakings or the production of certain goods).
c) Please explain how, in your opinion, the alleged State aid provides an economic advantage for the beneficiary or beneficiaries.
d) Please explain why, in your view, the alleged State aid distorts or threatens to distort competition.
e) Please explain why, in your view, the alleged aid affects trade between Member States.
8. Compatibility of the aid.
Please indicate the reasons why in your view the alleged aid is not compatible with the internal market.
9. Information on alleged infringement of other rules of European Union law and on other procedures.
a) If known, please indicate what other rules of European Union law you think have been infringed by the granting of the alleged aid. Please be aware that this does not imply necessarily that those potential infringements will be dealt with within the State aid investigation.
b) Have you already approached the Commission's services or any other European institution concerning the same issue?*
Yes No     If yes, please attach copies of correspondence.
c) Have you already approached national authorities or national courts concerning the same issue?*
Yes No     If yes, please indicate which authorities or courts; also, if there has already been a decision or judgement, please attach a copy (if available); if, on the contrary, the case is still pending, please indicate its reference (if available).
d) Please provide any other information that may be relevant for the assessment of this case.
10. Supporting documents
Please list any documents and evidence which are submitted in support of the complaint and add annexes if necessary (by using the "Browse" buttons below).
  • Whenever possible, a copy of the national law or other measure which provides the legal basis for the payment of the alleged aid should be provided.
  • Whenever possible, please attach any available evidence that the State aid was granted (e.g. press release, published accounts).
  • If the complaint is submitted on behalf of someone else (a natural person or a firm) please attach proof that you as a representative are authorised to act.
  • Where applicable, please attach copies of all previous correspondence with the European Commission or any other European or national institution concerning the same issue.
  • If the issue has already been dealt with by a national court/authority, please attach a copy of the judgement/decision, if available.

11. I hereby declare that all the information in this form and annexes is provided in good faith.*
Yes
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