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Consultation on the Prolongation of the State aid Regulations and Guidelines reformed under the State aid modernisation (SAM) package and expiring by the end of 2020

Policy field

Competition: State aid

Target group

Public authorities, citizens, companies and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from the national authorities dealing with State aid rules.

Consultation period

From 15.04.2019 to 16.05.2019

Objective of the consultation

The State aid rules reformed under the State aid modernisation ('SAM') package mostly expire by the end of 2020. On 7 January 2019, the Commission launched the evaluation of the above-mentioned rules under the form of a “fitness check”. On this basis, the Commission may decide in the future whether to further prolong or possibly update the above-mentioned rules. Considering the wide scope of the fitness check and the fact that the results of the evaluations will not be available before beginning 2020, a policy decision on the design of the rules post 2020 cannot be taken on time to ensure legal certainty and stability for the stakeholders as regards the applicable rules post 2020. Therefore, a short prolongation of the validity of the current rules is needed to allow on the one side a proper assessment of the rules and on the other side to ensure predictability and stability for Member States and the stakeholders until when the Commission can take an informed decision on the design of the State aid rules post 2020.

Consequently, the Commission has made a proposal to prolong by two years the validity of the following State aid rules:

  • General Block Exemption Regulation no 651/2014
  • De minimis Regulation no 1407/2013
  • Guidelines on regional State aid referring to the regional aid maps
  • Guidelines on risk finance aid
  • Communication on State aid for important projects of common European interest
  • Guidelines on State aid for environmental protection and energy
  • Guidelines on State aid for rescuing and restructuring

For more details on the Fitness Check and Prolongation of the State aid rules please consult


We welcomed contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities.

Received contributions are 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.


Consultation documents:

Reason why the consultation period is less than 12 weeks

Simple extension of Commission regulations and Guidelines without any substantive changes.

Reference documents

Contact details

Directorate-General for Competition, Unit 03
Please always indicate the reference number in your correspondence: Ref.: HT.5594
Postal address: European Commission
Directorate-General for Competition, Unit 03
State aid registry
1049 Brussels
Ref.: HT.5594

Replies to the consultation

Contributions from Registered Organisations
  • AGFW en
  • APPA Biofiuels en
  • Bioenergy Association of Finland en
  • Bioenergy Europe en
  • ClientEarth en
  • COPA and COGECA en
  • Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag e.V. (DIHK) (contribution 1) de,en
  • Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag e.V. (DIHK) (contribution 2) de,en
  • European Biodiesel Board (EBB) en
    NB:The response of the European Biodiesel Board (EBB) to the consultation on the prolongation of the State aid Regulations and Guidelines is also endorsed by the Dutch Association for Sustainable Biofuels/Nederlandse Vereniging voor Duurzame Biobrandstoffen (NVDB)
  • European Producers Union of Renewable Ethanol (ePURE) en
  • EWABA en
  • Lantmännen en
  • Münzer Bioindustrie GmbH (MBI) de
  • Nederlandse Vereniging voor Duurzame Biobrandstoffen (NVDB) en
  • Neste en
  • Scania en
  • SEKAB Biofuels & Chemicals AB (SEKAB B&C) en
  • St1 Nordic Oy (St1) en
  • Svebio, Swedish Bioenergy Association en
  • Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR) en
  • Swedish Gas Association en
  • Syndicat National des Producteurs d'Alcool Agricole (SNPAA) fr
  • The EU Vegetable Oil and Proteinmeal Industry (FEDIOL) en

Contributions from Public Authorities (National, Subnational)
  • Austrian Chamber of Agriculture de
  • Czechia cs
  • Estonia en
  • Finland en fi
  • Finland: Government of Åland sv
  • France: Permanent Representation fr
  • France: Région Bretagne en fr
  • France: Région Hauts-de-France en
  • Germany: Technologie- und Förderzentrum im Kompetenzzentrum für Nachwachsende Rohstoffe (TFZ) de
  • Hungary en
  • Ireland en
  • Italy it
  • Latvia en
  • Lithuania en
  • Netherlands en
  • Poland pl
  • Slovakia sk
  • Spain es
  • Spain: Balearic Islands Government es
  • Sweden en
  • Sweden: Region Östergötland en

Contributions from Non-registered Organisations
  • Adesso BioProducts AB en
  • Biodegalai (LT Biofuels Association) en
  • Biofuel Express en
  • Circle K AS en
  • Circle K Sverige AB en
  • Emmelev A/S en
  • Energifabriken i Sverige A en
  • Energifabriken Norge AS en
  • Society for electronic communications (SEC) en
  • The Swedish 2030-secretariat en
  • Verband der Deutschen Biokraftstoffindustrie e.V. (VDB) en

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