The EU Commission finds that Danish support for local sports associations is not State aid and that, if it were, it would be compatible according to the General Block Exemption Regulation (Denmark - support to local sports associations)

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Sport and Trade* State aid has a purely local impact when i) the beneficiaries supply goods or services to a limited area within a Member State, ii) they are unlikely to attract customers from other Member States and iii) there is no inducement for cross-border investment or establishment. Introduction The article this week continues with the theme of affectation of trade that was examined in last week’s article. This time the focus is on sporting activities which may or may not have a trade effect. For sure, any sport for which teams participate in international competitions has a cross-border reach. But, the situation is not so simple. Professional teams which do not directly compete abroad may also be involved in cross-border transactions. As was shown by the recent Commission

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Phedon Nicolaides, The EU Commission finds that Danish support for local sports associations is not State aid and that, if it were, it would be compatible according to the General Block Exemption Regulation (Denmark - support to local sports associations), 22 June 2017, e-Competitions Bulletin June 2017, Art. N° 89853

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