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A Regional Aid Scheme with an Ex-Post Evaluation Plan*
Aid must be capable of remedying the regional handicap.
A novel aspect of the 2014 State Aid Modernisation was the requirement for ex-post evaluation of large or unusual State aid measures. The purpose of the ex-post evaluation is to determine the effectiveness of State aid. The outcome of the evaluation does not affect the legality of the aid. It is supposed to influence the design of the successor measure. This makes sense. If State aid is proven to be ineffective, it wastes public money that can be put to better use elsewhere. Therefore, future State aid measures will have to be appropriately adjusted to take into account the lessons drawn from the ex-post evaluation.
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