The EU Commission goes extraterritorial with its new white paper that proposes a new set of tools designed to address distortive effects in the internal market caused by subsidies granted by states outside the EU

The EU State Aid regime has long protected the EU internal market from anti-competitive subsidies granted by EU Member States. On 17 June 2020, the European Commission published a White Paper that proposes a new set of tools designed to address distortive effects in the internal market caused by subsidies granted by states outside the EU. The White Paper outlines three complementary tools, or “modules”, intended to tackle the distortive competitive effects arising from foreign subsidies. These modules would be implemented by “supervisory authorities”, possibly at EU-level (most likely by the Commission itself) and/or at national level by an authority chosen by the Member State. For each of the three modules, the existence of a foreign subsidy with an actual or potential disruptive effect

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  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Brussels)
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Paris)
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (London)

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Douglas Lahnborg, Marie-Laure Combet, Matthew G. Rose, The EU Commission goes extraterritorial with its new white paper that proposes a new set of tools designed to address distortive effects in the internal market caused by subsidies granted by states outside the EU, 17 June 2020, e-Competitions September 2020, Art. N° 96479

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