ANNOUNCEMENT 17 May 2017

On 17 May 2017, the European Commission announced the introduction of amendments to the General Block Exemption Regulation. In June 2017, the European Commission issued Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/1084 of 14 June 2017 amending the scope of state aid measures exempt from notification and approval requirements under the General Block Exemption Regulation.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

1

  • 0 harmful
  • 1 neutral
  • 0 liberalising

SOURCE

European Commission - Fact Sheet, State aid: Commission widens scope of the General Block Exemption Regulation – frequently asked questions, issued in 17 May 2017: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-17-1342_en.htm
European Commission issued Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/1084 of 14 June 2017, issued in the Official Journal of the European Union on 20 June 2017: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?qid=1497952641554&uri=CELEX:32017R1084
European Commission, press release of 17 May 2017, State aid: Commission simplifies rules for public investment in ports and airports, culture and the outermost regions: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-17-1341_en.htm

Inception date: No inception date

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On 20 June 2017, the European Commission widen the scope of state support measures exempt from EU prior approval requirements. Member states are required to notify the European Commission of state aid measures not falling under the General Block Exemption Regulation. Such measures must receive prior approval by the Commission. 

Under the amendment, the scope of General Block Exemption Regulation measures is extended to certain support granted to airports, ports, culture, certain sports arenas, companies located in the "the EU's outermost regions" and small companies start-ups.

In this context, Commissioner of competition policy Margrethe Vestager stated: "We want to ensure that companies can compete on equal terms in the Single Market – and we want to do so in the most efficient way. EU state aid rules are the same for all Member States. Today's changes will save them time and trouble when investing in ports and airports, culture and the EU's outermost regions, whilst preserving competition. They also allow the Commission to focus attention on state aid measures that have the biggest impact on competition in the Single Market, to be "big on big things and small on small things" to the benefit of all European citizens".

The regulation entered into force 20 days following the publication of the regulation in the Official Journal of the European Union, i.e. on 10 July 2017.

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