The EU Commission holds that a measure is selective if its application is narrower than the scope of the objective it seeks to achieve (Arco)

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A Measure is Selective if its Application is Narrower than the Scope of the Objective it Seeks to Achieve* Main points A measure is attributed to a decision of a Member State if it is allowed but not mandated by an EU directive. A measure is selective when in practice it is open to fewer undertakings than the ones to which it can potentially apply by its own defined objectives. Introduction This article examines Commission Decision 2014/686 on a guarantee scheme for members of financial cooperatives in Belgium. [1] The Commission found that the measure constituted State aid that was in incompatible with the internal market. This is a very interesting case for three reasons. First, the guarantee scheme was found to constitute State aid despite elaborate argumentation by Belgium that

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Phedon Nicolaides, The EU Commission holds that a measure is selective if its application is narrower than the scope of the objective it seeks to achieve (Arco), 3 July 2014, e-Competitions July 2014, Art. N° 69674

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