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Legislation archive > Horizontal rules

Community framework for State aid for Research and Development

Review process having led to the adoption of the 2006 framework
Previous legislation
Legislation in force

Risk capital

Environmental and energy aid

Guidelines for State aid to environmental protection

2008 Guidelines

2001 Guidelines

Guidelines for State aid in the context of the amended EU Emissions Trading Scheme
Legislation in force

Rescue and restructuring aid

    Revisions that lead to the extension of the 2004 guidelines

  • Questionnaires for public consultation:
  • Revision of the 1999 guidelines that lead to the adoption of the 2004 guidelines

  • Draft Community guidelines applying Articles 87 and 88 of the Treaty to the granting of urgency and/or restructuring aid to firms in difficulty, proposed by DG Competition, for discussion with Member States' experts in February 2004. This document is not final and does not necessarily represent the view of the Commission itself.
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    1999 guidelines

  • Community Guidelines on State aid for rescuing and restructuring firms in difficulty (Notice to Member States including proposals for appropriate measures) Text with EEA relevance
    Official Journal C 288, 09.10.1999, p. 2-18
    • Corrigendum to the Community guidelines on State aid for rescuing and restructuring firms in difficulty Official Journal C 121, 29.04.2000, page 29

    1994 guidelines

  • Community guidelines on State aid for rescuing and restructuring firms in difficulty, 23.12.1994
    Official Journal C 368, 23.12.1994, p. 12-20
    • Commission communication concerning extension of the guidelines on State aid for rescuing and restructuring firms in difficulty
      Official Journal C 74, 10.03.1998, p.31
    • Commission communication concerning the extension of the Guidelines on State aid for rescuing and restructuring firms in difficulty
      Official Journal C 67, 10.03.1999, p. 11

Aid for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)

Community guidelines on State aid for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
Official Journal C 213, 23.7.1996, p.4-9

Commission Recommendation 96/280/EC of 3 April 1996 concerning the definition of small and medium-sized enterprises
Official Journal L 107, 30.04.1996, p. 4-9+ Annex


Employment aid

Guidelines on aid to employment
Official Journal C 334, 12.12.1995, p. 4

Commission Notice Monitoring of State aid and reduction of labour costs
Official Journal OJ C 1, 03.01.1997, p.10


Training aid

Framework on training aid
Official Journal C 343, 11.11.1998, p. 10-16

Procedural rules

Aid to disadvantaged and disabled workers

Public consultation on "Criteria for the compatibility analysis of State aid to disadvantaged and disabled workers subject to individual notification"
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Deadline for comments was 27 February 2009. View the contributions received.

Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI)

Regional aid

Multisectoral framework on regional aid for large investment projects
Official Journal C 107, 07.04.1998, p. 7-18

Regional State Aid Maps 1999

Communication from the Commission to the Member States on the links between regional and competition policy: Reinforcing concentration and mutual consistency
Official Journal C 90, 26.03.1998, p. 3-8


Deprived urban areas

Guidelines on State aid for undertakings in deprived urban areas
Official Journal C 334, 12.12.1995, p. 4

Commission notice on the expiry of the guidelines on State aid for undertakings in deprived urban areas (notified under document number C(2002) 1806)
Official Journal C 119, 22.05.2002, p. 21


De Minimis aid

  • Revised Commission proposal for an amended de minimis rule - 12.06.2006
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    The Commission has published in the Official Journal (OJ C 137 of 10/06/2006, p. 4) a revised version of its de minimis proposal. However it has appeared that small errors have slipped into several language versions of the draft regulation, as published in the Official Journal. Some square brackets "[]" are indeed missing. These errors have been corrected in the versions attached above. Deadline for submitting comments on the revised draft regulation was 10 July 2006. The draft was open for comments from the public until 10 July 2006.
  • Commission proposal for an amended de minimis rule - 09.03.2006
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    Press Release – IP/06/283, 09.03.2006
    Frequently asked questions – MEMO/06/111, 09.03.2006
  • Commission Regulation No 69/2001 of 12 January 2001 on the application of Articles 87 and 88 of the Treaty to de minimis aid
    Official Journal L 10, 13.01.2001, pages 30-32

    Draft Communications concerning the assessment of lesser amounts of State aid and limited effects on trade

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