What Is and What Is not Export Aid* The prohibition of export aid prevents distortions in the internal market. Therefore, it cannot be considered as restricting intra-EU trade. Aid is classified as export aid only if it has a direct impact on exports. The incidental and indirect effect on exports of investment aid is not sufficient to categorise it as export aid. Introduction On 28 February 2018, the Court of Justice delivered a preliminary ruling to a request from a Bulgarian court [case C-518/16, ZPT v Narodno sabranie na Republika Bulgaria]. ZPT applied for de minimis aid which was refused on the grounds that it engaged in exports. No de minimis aid may be granted to exports. Article 2 of the previous de minimis regulation [1998/2006], like Article 3 of the current de
The EU Court of Justice finds that Bulgaria’s refusal to grant de minimis aid on exports is valid as it related to the promotion of sales in another Member State (ZPT AD)
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