State Aid control
Legislation > Block Exemption Regulations
In recent years, the Commission has started a process of modernisation and simplification of State aid procedures. To this end, the Council adopted Regulation No 994/98 of 7 May 1998, which enables the Commission to adopt so-called Block Exemption Regulations for State aid. With these regulations, the Commission can declare specific categories of State aid compatible with the Treaty if they fulfil certain conditions, thus exempting them from the requirement of prior notification and Commission approval. As a result, Member States are able to grant aid that meets the conditions laid down in these regulations without the formal notification procedure and only have to submit information sheets on the implemented aid.
Proposal to amend the Enabling Regulation
- Proposal for a Council Regulation
sv amending Regulation (EC) No 994/98 of 7 May 1998 on the application of Articles 92 and 93 (now 87 and 88 respectively) of the Treaty establishing the European Community to certain categories of horizontal State aid and Regulation (EC) No 1370/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2007 on public passenger transport services by rail and by road.
COM(2012)730 final, 5 December 2012
Frequently asked questions
De minimis aid
General block exemption Regulation (GBER)