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State Aid Weekly

State Aid control

The new approach to State aids – recent reforms under the State Aid Action Plan and next steps

Conference, 21 November 2008, Brussels

In the course of this full-day event, chaired by the Commissioner for competition, Ms. Neelie Kroes, the Commission presented the draft simplification package - the final step of the current reform of EU State Aid control. The Commission also addressed the role of State aid control in the current financial crisis.

Speech by Commissioner Neelie Kroes: "The State Aid Action Plan: a roadmap for reform and recovery"


Presentation of DG COMP team

Presentation of Luc Rousseau, Director General for Enterprise in the French Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Industry

Presentation of Ian Rodgers


EN: session 1 - session 2 - session 3

FR: session 1 - session 2 - session 3

DE: session 1 - session 2 - session 3

During the morning session, the Commissioner and the DG Competition team informed the audience of the achievements thus far under the current State Aid reform and about the details of the upcoming draft simplification package. In the afternoon, State aid policy was analysed in a broader context by a panel of high level participants from the most important stakeholders of European State aid control: Member States, industry, academics and the legal community (click here for the biographies of the speakers).

Participants received a copy of a special edition of the Competition Policy newsletter focusing on State aid. The revised vademecum on State aid rules was also distributed.

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