Commission adopts new state aid General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER)

By Sarah Livestro

On 21 May 2014, as part of its state aid modernisation programme, the European Commission adopted a revised state aid General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER).

The old GBER, which came into force in 2008, allowed aid measures across areas as diverse as research and development, environmental aid and SME investment aid to be implemented without prior notification to the Commission. This wide coverage, coupled with the fact that both aid schemes and (most) ad hoc aid awards were eligible for coverage, meant that the GBER had a significant impact on the way in which state aid was assessed and awarded.

Building on this, the Commission has now adopted a revised GBER, which has the following three main features…

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