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Legislation > Horizontal rules

Based on Article 87(3)(a) and (c), horizontal rules which apply across all industries set out the Commission’s position on particular categories of aid. It is apparent that the categories are aimed at solving problems that may arise in any industry and country.

Important Projects of Common European Interests

Communication from the Commission — Criteria for the analysis of the compatibility with the internal market of State aid to promote the execution of important projects of common European interest
Official Journal C 188, 20.06.2014, p.4

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Definition of SMEs

  • Commission Recommendation of 6 May 2003 concerning the definition of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (notified under document number C(2003) 1422)
    Official Journal L 124, 20.05.2003, pages 36-41
    Please note that this definition of SMEs applies from 01.01.2005.
  • Commission communication - Model declaration on the information relating to the qualification of an enterprise as an SME
    Official Journal C 118, 20.05.2003, pages 5-15
  • Corrigendum to the Commission Communication - Model Declaration on the information relating to the qualification of an enterprise as an SME
    Official Journal C 156, 04.07.2003, page 14
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