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State Aid control

State Aid Modernisation (SAM)

On 8 May 2012, the Commission set out an ambitious State aid reform programme in the Communication on State aid modernisation.

The modernisation has three main, closely linked objectives:

  • Foster growth in a strengthened, dynamic and competitive internal market
  • Focus enforcement on cases with the biggest impact on the internal market
  • Streamlined rules and faster decisions

State aid control should more effectively target sustainable growth-enhancing policies while encouraging budgetary consolidation, limiting distortions of competition and keeping the single market open.

On 17 January 2013, the European Parliament adopted a Resolution on State aid Modernisation, broadly supporting the initiative and its objectives. On 15 November 2012 the European Economic and Social Committee adopted an opinion on SAM. Likewise, on 29 November 2012, the Committee of the Regions adopted an opinion on SAM.

The Commission proposals include:

In parallel, State aid rules relating to agriculture and forestry are being revised (consultation on the Block Exemption regulation for agriculture and forestry sector and in rural areas; consultation closed on 20 March 2013: Review of Community Guidelines, the Block Exemption Regulation and the de minimis Regulation for agriculture). Both the Guidelines and the Block Exemption Regulation have been prolonged until 30 June 2014.

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More information and updates on the modernisation programme will be posted on this page as they become available.

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