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Competition Policy

Targeted review of the General Block Exemption Regulation (State aid): revised rules for State aid promoting the green and digital transition

Policy field

Competition: State aid

 

Target group

All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation.

 

Period of consultation

From 06.10.2021 to 08.12.2021

 

Objective of the consultation

The State aid General Block Exemption Regulation (“GBER”) declares specific categories of State aid compatible with Article 107 and 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU), if they fulfil certain conditions. Aid fulfilling these conditions is exempted from the requirement of prior notification and Commission approval.

The GBER and the State aid Guidelines are complementary (the GBER defines ex ante compatibility conditions; Guidelines lay down rules for assessing aid measures that do not fulfil those ex ante conditions and have to be notified to the Commission). Together, these two sets of rules form a comprehensive rulebook for certain areas of State aid law.

Based on the results of the evaluations conducted in the context of the Fitness Check of the State aid rules, the Commission started a revision of a number of Guidelines (Energy and Environmental Guidelines; Regional Aid Guidelines; Research, Development and Innovation Framework and Risk Finance Guidelines), where it appeared that changes are necessary, notably in light of new Commission priorities and the European Green Deal and Industrial and Digital Strategies. Given the complementarity between the GBER and these Guidelines, the Commission is, with the present targeted amendment, also revising the corresponding provisions of the GBER.

 

How to submit your contribution

We welcome contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities.

  • If you are answering this consultation as a citizen, please click here to submit your contribution.
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of an organisation, 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.  Submissions that are clearly marked "confidential" 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 English, French or German. These attachments should, furthermore, be submitted in “.docx” or “.pdf” format, otherwise they will not be published.

Please note that we cannot guarantee to take account of replies received after the deadline.

 

Consultation document  / Questionnaire

Draft Regulation (ZIP): (all languages)

 

Reference documents and other, related consultations

Explanatory Background note (ZIP): (all languages)

Press Release (EN)

 

Contact details

Responsible service:
Directorate-General for Competition – Unit A3
Please always indicate the reference number in your correspondence: HT.5934

e-mail:  COMP-A3-PUBLIC-CONSULTATION@ec.europa.eu

Postal address:
European Commission
Directorate-General for Competition, Unit A3
State aid Registry
1049 Bruxelles /Brussel
Belgique /België
Ref: HT.5934

 

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