Competition: State aid
All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from (i) Member States and their aid granting authorities, (ii) business associations and companies operating in the European single market, (iii) legal and economic practitioners, as well as (iv) consumer and environmental organisations.
Period of consultation
From 07.06.2021 to 02.08.2021
Reason why the consultation period is less than 12 weeks
Need for an accelerated revision of the Guidelines for State aid for climate, energy and environmental protection to ensure a timely adoption as part of measures undertaken taken in response to the challenges in achieving the objectives of the Green Deal.
Objective of the consultation
The Commission is publishing for consultation the draft revised Guidelines on State aid for environmental protection and energy 2014-2020.
The two main drivers of the revision are an enlargement of the scope of the Guidelines to new areas and all technologies that can deliver the Green Deal and a flexibilisation of compatibility rules. This wider scope of the Guidelines needs to be accompanied by safeguards to ensure that the aid is effectively directed where it is needed to improve environmental protection, is limited to what is needed to achieve the environmental goals and does not distort competition or the integrity of the internal market. The revision also aims at ensuring alignment and coherence with relevant EU legislation in the environmental and energy fields, facilitating the phasing out of subsidies for fossil fuels, in particular those that are most polluting.
How to submit your contribution
We welcome contributions from citizens, organisations, companies and public authorities.
- If you are answering this consultation as a NGO or individual citizen, please click here to submit your contribution.
- If you are answering this consultation on behalf of an association or organisation, please click here to submit your contribution.
- If you are answering this consultation as a company, please click here to submit your contribution.
- If you are answering this consultation on behalf of a public authority, please click here to submit your contribution.
Received contributions will be published on this webpage. Only submissions that are clearly marked "CONFIDENTIAL" (in English, in capital letters) will be treated as such and not published. In that case please also provide a non-confidential version of your reply. It is important to read the privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.
We would appreciate receiving submissions electronically, as attachments to emails in .doc or .pdf format. Please see for contact details below.
Please note that we cannot guarantee to take account of replies received after the deadline.
Please note that the consultation will be launched based on the English version of the text. The translations into all EU languages will be added gradually to this website. These are non-official translations. In case of doubt, the English version prevails.
Reference documents and other, related consultations
Please note that the background note will be launched based on the English version of the text. The translations into all EU languages will be added gradually to this website. These are non-official translations. In case of doubt, the English version prevails.
EU Guidelines on State aid for environmental protection and energy 2014-2020 (OJ C200/57 28 June 2014)
Directorate-General for Competition – Units B2, B3, H2
Please always indicate the reference number in your correspondence: HT.5371
Directorate-General for Competition
State Aid Registry