SEPARABILITY OF ECONOMIC FROM NON-ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES*Introduction Pure research whose results are widely disseminated is undoubtedly a non-economic activity. Research reports are often published on the internet. But the design and management of a research organisation’s website can be an economic activity. Plenty of private companies provide these services for a fee. Does that mean that in the process of complying with the requirement for wide dissemination of research results, a research organisation becomes an undertaking? The answer is no. The activity that in principle can be economic is necessary for the fulfilment of the non-economic functions of the research organisation and does not go beyond what at minimum must be done to achieve wide dissemination research results. In
The EU Court of Justice provides further guidance on how economic activities linked to non-economic functions must be treated in a State aid context (Aanbestedingskalender)
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