First revised draft General Block Exemption Regulation for state aid published for consultation

Last May the European Commission announced it was modernising the state aid rules and in June 2012 it consulted on how the General Block Exemption Regulation 2008 (GBER) was being used. The current GBER has been extensively used by member states, with about 2,000 measures introduced since its entry into force. In 2011, aid under GBER amounted to €17.2bn, which represents 32.5 per cent of aid granted to industry and services.

The Commission has now published for consultation a first draft of the revised General Block Exemption Regulation. This consultation aims to collect the views on the first draft, with a further consultation expected to be held later this year. The aim is to channel public resources towards well-established objectives and make it simpler to approve well-designed measures with relatively low amounts of aid…

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