About this initiative


National governments usually require EU approval to provide assistance to domestic businesses that might give them an unfair advantage over other EU competitors.

In 2014 the EU introduced a simplified scheme – the General Block Exemption Regulation - that expanded the types of subsidies that do not require this EU approval.

This scheme will expire by the end of 2020. To ensure sufficient time to assess how it has worked and should work in future, this proposal will extend it by 2 years.

Type of act


Feedback: closed
Feedback period
07 February 2019 - 07 March 2019 (midnight Brussels time)
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Feedback (4)

  • DIHK - Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Germany)
    7 March 2019 Business association
    DIHK - Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Germany)

    It is useful to allow sufficient time to review the existing regulations and guidelines concerning their suitability and potential for improvement. However, it must be ensured that aid schemes are equally extended at national and EU level in order to avoid deviating terms, changes during the term or even periods without funding. The DIHK supports the comprehensive evaluation of state aid law. In many aspects there is room for improvement (cf....

  • Union des Ports de France (France)
    7 mars 2019 Company/business organisation
    Union des Ports de France (France)

    L’Union des Ports de France partage l’avis de la Commission européenne de la nécessité de prolonger de deux ans le Règlement général d’exemption par catégorie (RGEC) afin de mener dans de bonnes conditions le « fitness check » du paquet Modernisation de l’aide d’Etat et de garantir un certain niveau de stabilité en ce qui concerne les règles applicables immédiatement après 2020. L’Union des Ports de France rappelle en effet que le RGEC a été...

  • Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks (ZDH) (Germany)
    1 März 2019 Business association
    Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks (ZDH) (Germany)

    Grundsätzlich begrüßt der ZDH den Ansatz der EU-Kommission, zunächst die beihilferechtlichen Vorschriften zu verlängern, um genügend Zeit für eine gründliche Evaluierung und ggfs. darauf aufbauende Anpassungen der Verordnungen zu lassen. Aus Sicht des ZDH gibt es einen Änderungsbedarf der derzeitigen Beihilfevorschriften, der Berücksichtigung finden muss. Das Handwerk in Deutschland möchte zur Allgemeinen Gruppenfreistellungsverordnung (AGVO)...

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Commission adoption

Planned for
Fourth quarter 2019

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