New General Block Exemption guidance published

On 1 July 2014, the Department for Business, Education & Skills (BIS) published new guidance on how to apply the new EU General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER). This, the first in a series of BIS guidance on the new state aid rules, covers regional aid, aid to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), aid for research, development and innovation, training aid and environmental aid (which includes energy efficiency, combined heat and power and renewable energy projects, district heating and cooling and waste recycling and reuse).

The guidance needs to be read alongside the GBER itself, as it seems to be intended to act as a summary, or aide memoire, rather than detailed guidance. As always, we recommend that you seek legal advice if you are seeking to grant, or to receive, aid for a particular project, as each case depends on its particular facts…

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