The European Commission finds measures offering free services to SMEs not to constitute State aid because they could not be reasonably expected to affect cross-border trade (Wirtschaftsbüro Gaarden)

Germany Scores a Hat-trick of Non-Aid Measures!* At the end of April, the European Commission announced that seven measures were found not to constitute State aid because they could not be reasonably expected to affect cross-border trade. The finding of no affectation of trade is rare. That seven measures were thought not capable of affecting trade is very exceptional. Perhaps the Commission is trying to signal to Member States that after years of widening the concept of State aid, the time has come to hold it back. Three of the measures concern hospitals or clinics in Hradec Králové, Czech Republic [SA.37432], Durmersheim, Germany [SA.37904] and Bad Nenndorf, Germany [SA.38035], respectively. The other four measures concern advisory services in Kiel, Germany [SA.33149], the

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Phedon Nicolaides, The European Commission finds measures offering free services to SMEs not to constitute State aid because they could not be reasonably expected to affect cross-border trade (Wirtschaftsbüro Gaarden), 29 April 2015, e-Competitions Effect on interstate trade, Art. N° 74126

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