State aid schemes

State Aid

The EU Commission approves a Danish scheme worth €1.34B to support energy-intensive companies in the context of Russia’s war against Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.34 billion Danish scheme to support energy intensive companies in the context of Russia’s war against Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €1.34 billion (DKK 10 billion) Danish scheme to support energy intensive companies in the context of Russia’s war (...)

The EU Commission approves €3.4 billion Danish scheme to support companies in the context of Russia’s war against Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €3.4 billion Danish scheme to support companies* in the context of Russia’s war against Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €3.4 billion (DKK 25.2 billion) Danish subsidised loan scheme to support companies in the context of Russia’s war against Ukraine. (...)

The EU Commission approves a Belgian scheme worth €1.5B to support energy suppliers in the context of Russia’s war against Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
The European Commission has approved a €1.5 billion Belgian guarantee scheme to support gas and electricity suppliers in the context of Russia’s war against Ukraine. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Crisis Framework, adopted by the Commission on 23 March 2022, and amended on (...)

The EU Commission approves a Polish scheme worth €10B to compensate energy-intensive companies for indirect emission costs
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €10 billion Polish scheme to compensate energy-intensive companies for indirect emission costs* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a Polish scheme to partially compensate energy-intensive companies for higher electricity prices (...)

The EU Commission approves a Spanish scheme worth €500M under the Recovery and Resilience Facility to support roll out of broadband backhaul networks in rural areas
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €500 million Spanish scheme under the Recovery and Resilience Facility to support roll out of broadband backhaul networks in rural areas* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €500 million Spanish scheme made available through the (...)

The EU Commission approves a Spanish measure worth €220M to support an engineering company in the production of renewable hydrogen (Cobra)
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €220 million Spanish measure to support COBRA in production of renewable hydrogen* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €220 million Spanish measure to support Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios, S.A. (‘COBRA’) in the production of renewable (...)

The EU Commission approves a Slovak scheme worth €10M to support food producers in the context of Russia’s war against Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €10 million Slovak scheme to support food producers in context of Russia’s war against Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €10 million Slovak scheme to support agricultural product processors and the food production sector in the context of Russia’s war (...)

The EU Commission approves a Finnish strategic reserve worth €150M to support the security of the electricity supply
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €150 million Finnish strategic reserve to support security of electricity supply* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €150 million Finnish capacity mechanism to safeguard security of electricity supply in Finland. The measure will also (...)

The EU Commission approves Slovakian scheme worth €1.1B partially funded under Recovery and Resilience Facility to help industry decarbonise production processes and become less energy-intensive
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.1 billion Slovakian aid schemes partially funded under Recovery and Resilience Facility to help industry decarbonise production processes and become less energy-intensive* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, two Slovak schemes with a (...)

The EU Commission consults Member States on a proposal to prolong and amend the Temporary Crisis Framework in place to combat the economic effects of the Russo-Ukrainian war
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission consults Member States on proposal to prolong and amend Temporary Crisis Framework* The European Commission has sent to Member States for consultation a draft proposal to prolong and adjust the State aid Temporary Crisis Framework, adopted by the Commission on 23 March (...)

The EU Commission approves an Italian State aid measure worth €292.5M under the Recovery and Resilience Facility to support a semiconductor manufacturer in the construction of a new plant (STMicroelectronics)
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €292.5 million Italian measure under Recovery and Resilience Facility to support STMicroelectronics in construction of a plant in the semiconductor value chain* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €292.5 million Italian measure made (...)

The EU Commission approves a Greek scheme worth €800M to support non-household electricity consumers in context of Russia’s war against Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €800 million Greek scheme to support non-household electricity consumers in context of Russia’s war against Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €800 million Greek scheme to support non-household electricity consumers in the context of Russia’s war (...)

The EU Commission approves a German measure worth €134M to support chemical company in the production of renewable hydrogen (BASF)
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €134 million German measure to support BASF in the production of renewable hydrogen* he European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €134 million German measure to support BASF SE (‘BASF’) in the production of renewable hydrogen, with the aims of (...)

The EU Commission approves an Italian State aid guarantee scheme worth €2B for the reinsurance of natural gas and electricity trade credit risk in context of Russia’s war against Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2 billion Italian guarantee scheme for the reinsurance of natural gas and electricity trade credit risk in context of Russia’s war against Ukraine* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €2 billion Italian scheme for the reinsurance of (...)

The EU Commission approves a German measure worth €450M to replace electricity generation amid Russian natural gas shortages
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €450 million German measure to replace electricity generation amid Russian natural gas shortages* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a temporary German measure to enable five lignite-fired power plants to be on stand-by and ready to be (...)

The EU Commission approves a Romanian scheme worth €390M under the Recovery and Resilience Facility to support high-efficient cogeneration of electricity and heat
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €390 million Romanian scheme under Recovery and Resilience Facility to support high-efficient cogeneration of electricity and heat* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €390 million Romania scheme, made available in part through the (...)

The EU Commission approves an Italian scheme worth €700M to support companies in context of Russia’s war against Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €700 million Italian scheme to support companies in context of Russia’s war against Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €700 million Italian scheme to support companies in the context of Russia’s war against Ukraine. The scheme was approved under the (...)

The EU Commission approves additional German measures to support electricity production from renewable energy sources
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves additional German measures to support electricity production from renewable energy sources* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, three additional measures to support electricity production from renewable energy sources in Germany. The (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves aid for Norwegian projects participating in a European hydrogen value-chain initiative
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
ESA approves aid for Norwegian projects participating in a European hydrogen value-chain initiative* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved aid for two Norwegian projects – Barents Blue and Tizir – participating in a hydrogen value-chain initiative, also known as Hy2Use. The (...)

The EU Commission approves up to €5.2 billion of public support by thirteen Member States for the second Important Project of Common European Interest in the hydrogen value chain
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State Aid: Commission approves up to €5.2 billion of public support by thirteen Member States for the second Important Project of Common European Interest in the hydrogen value chain* The Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a second Important Project of Common European Interest (...)

The EU Commission approves a Romanian scheme worth €1.5B to compensate energy-intensive companies for indirect emission costs
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.5 billion Romanian scheme to compensate energy-intensive companies for indirect emission costs* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a Romanian scheme to partially compensate energy-intensive companies for higher electricity prices (...)

The EU Commission approves €4 billion Romanian scheme to support companies in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €4 billion Romanian scheme to support companies in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €4 billion (approximately RON 19.7 billion) Romanian scheme to support companies across sectors in the context of Russia’s invasion (...)

The EU Commission publishes a report which reveals that Covid-19 State aid measures allowed for unprecedented levels of support whilst preserving the level-playing field for businesses
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: 2021 Scoreboard shows that COVID-19 State aid measures allowed for unprecedented levels of support while preserving the level-playing field* The 2021 State Aid Scoreboard, published today by the European Commission and relating to State aid expenditure in 2020, shows the crucial (...)

The EU Commission endorses the Netherlands’ €4.7 billion recovery and resilience plan
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
NextGenerationEU: European Commission endorses the Netherlands’ €4.7 billion recovery and resilience plan* The European Commission has today given a positive assessment of the Netherlands’ recovery and resilience plan. This is a key step paving the way for the EU to disburse €4.7 billion in (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves a Norwegian aid scheme for the compensation of indirect emission costs
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
ESA approves new Norwegian CO2 compensation scheme* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a new Norwegian aid scheme for the compensation of indirect emission costs. The scheme partially compensates certain energy-intensive companies, such as basic iron and steel (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority launches investigation into aid provided under Norwegian State aid scheme for small and medium sized enterprises
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
ESA launches investigation into aid provided under Norwegian state aid scheme* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today decided to initiate a formal investigation into certain state aid granted under the aid scheme “Norwegian Catapult”. ESA monitors state aid granted by the EEA EFTA (...)

The EU Commission approves a Greek scheme under the Recovery and Resilience Facility to support development of electricity storage facilities
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Greek scheme under Recovery and Resilience Facility to support development of electricity storage facilities* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a Greek measure with an estimated budget of €341 million to support the construction and (...)

The EU Commission approves Italian market conform scheme to manage publicly guaranteed loans
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Italian market conform scheme to manage publicly guaranteed loans* The European Commission has found Italy’s plan to enable the transfer of certain State guaranteed loans to a newly created platform managed by AMCO S.p.A. to be free of any State aid. The (...)

The EU Commission approves €27.5B German scheme to compensate energy-intensive companies for indirect emission costs
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €27.5 billion German scheme to compensate energy-intensive companies for indirect emission costs The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a German scheme to partially compensate energy-intensive companies for higher electricity prices (...)

The EU Commission approves a Finnish scheme worth €687M to compensate energy-intensive companies for indirect emission costs
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €687 million Finnish scheme to compensate energy-intensive companies for indirect emission costs* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a Finnish scheme to partially compensate energy-intensive companies for higher electricity prices (...)

The EU Commission approves €125M Estonian scheme to support companies in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €125 million Estonian scheme to support companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €125 million Estonian scheme to support the liquidity needs of companies across sectors in the context of Russia’s invasion of (...)

The EU Commission approves €835M Dutch scheme to compensate energy-intensive companies for indirect emission costs
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €835 million Dutch scheme to compensate energy-intensive companies for indirect emission costs* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a Dutch scheme to partially compensate energy-intensive companies for higher electricity prices (...)

The EU Commission approves a Bulgarian scheme worth €218M to support agricultural producers in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €218 million Bulgarian scheme to support agricultural producers in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €218 million (BGN 426 million) Bulgarian scheme to support certain agricultural producers in the context of Russia’s (...)

The EU Commission approves a Romanian scheme worth €149M under the Recovery and Resilience Facility to support renewable hydrogen production
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €149 million Romanian scheme under Recovery and Resilience Facility to support renewable hydrogen production* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €149 million Romanian scheme made available through the Recovery and Resilience Facility (...)

The EU Commission approves an Italian scheme under the Recovery and Resilience Facility to support the production of biomethane
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Italian scheme under Recovery and Resilience Facility to support biomethane production* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, an Italian scheme made available through the Recovery and Resilience Facility (’RRF’) to support the construction (...)

The EU Commission approves an Austrian scheme worth €110M to support agricultural producers in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €110 million Austrian scheme to support agricultural producers in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €110 million Austrian scheme to support primary agricultural producers in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (...)

The EU Commission approves a Greek aid scheme whose objective is to support vulnerable and less prosperous households and micro or small enterprises struggling to repay mortgages and loans
Maastricht University
An Innovative Scheme to Support Individual Borrowers* Individuals and households are not undertakings. However, any public funding of individuals or households may constitute indirect aid to undertakings. Such aid may be exempted on the basis of Article 107(2)(a) TFEU. Introduction Article (...)

The EU Commission approves the 2022-2027 regional aid map for Denmark
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Denmark* The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules Denmark’s map for granting regional aid from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2027 within the framework of the revised Regional aid Guidelines (‘RAG’). The revised (...)

The EU Commission approves a German scheme worth €2.98B to promote green district heating
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2.98 billion German scheme to promote green district heating* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €2.98 billion German scheme to promote green district heating based on renewable energy and waste heat. The measure will contribute to (...)

The EU Commission approves a Latvian scheme worth €181.5M to support companies in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €181.5 million Latvian schemes to support companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved two Latvian schemes with a total budget of €181.5 million to support small and medium-sized enterprises (‘SMEs’) and large companies (...)

The EU Commission approves an Italian scheme worth €2.9B to support companies in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2.9 billion Italian scheme to support companies in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €2.9 billion Italian scheme to support the liquidity needs of companies in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The scheme (...)

The EU Commission approves an Irish scheme worth €500M to support investment towards a sustainable recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €500 million Irish scheme to support investment towards a sustainable recovery* The European Commission has approved a €500 million Irish investment support scheme aimed at incentivizing companies to accelerate or expand capital investment in Ireland, including in (...)

The EU Commission amends the Temporary Crisis Framework to support the economy in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission amends the Temporary Crisis Framework* Today, the European Commission adopted an amendment to the State aid Temporary Crisis Framework, initially adopted on 23 March 2022 to support the economy in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Executive Vice-President (...)

The EU Commission approves an Italian scheme worth €700M to support companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €700 million Italian scheme to support companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €700 million Italian scheme to support companies in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The scheme was approved under the (...)

The EU Commission approves an Italian scheme worth €10B to support companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €10 billion Italian scheme to support companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €10 billion Italian loan guarantee scheme to support companies across sectors in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The scheme (...)

The EU Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Belgium
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Belgium* The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules Belgium’s map for granting regional aid from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2027 within the framework of the revised Regional aid Guidelines (’RAG’). The revised (...)

The EU Commission approves a Czech scheme worth €20.2M to support agricultural producers in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €20.2 million Czech scheme to support agricultural producers in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €20.2 million (CZK 500 million) Czech scheme to support primary agricultural producers in the context of Russia’s (...)

The EU Commission approves a German scheme worth €5B to support energy and trade-intensive companies in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €5 billion German scheme to support energy and trade intensive companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €5 billion German scheme to support energy and trade intensive companies across industrial sectors in the (...)

The EU Commission approves an Italian scheme worth €526.5M to support the road haulage sector in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €526.5 million Italian scheme to support the road haulage sector in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €526.5 million Italian scheme to support the road haulage sector in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (...)

The EU Commission approves a Dutch scheme to support the filling of the gas storage facility in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (Bergermeer)
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Dutch scheme to support the filling of the gas storage facility Bergermeer in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved an up to €406.4 million Dutch scheme to support the filling of the gas storage facility Bergermeer in the (...)

The EU Commission consults Member States on a proposal to amend the Temporary Crisis Framework which seeks to deal with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission consults Member States on proposal to amend Temporary Crisis Framework* The European Commission has sent to Member States for consultation a draft proposal to adjust the State aid Temporary Crisis Framework, initially adopted on 23 March 2022 to support the economy in the (...)

The EU Commission approves an Italian scheme worth €1.2B under the Recovery and Resilience Facility to support investments in photovoltaic panels in the agricultural sector
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.2 billion Italian scheme under Recovery and Resilience Facility to support investments in photovoltaic panels in agricultural sector* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €1.2 billion Italian scheme made available through the (...)

The EU Commission approves a Croatian scheme worth €500M to support companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €500 million Croatian scheme to support companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved an up to €500 million Croatian scheme to support companies across sectors in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The scheme was (...)

The EU Commission proposes new rules to simplify procedures for State aid to green transport projects
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission proposes rules to simplify procedures for State aid to green transport* The European Commission has proposed a Council Regulation enabling the Commission to exempt from prior notification under EU State aid rules certain types of aid for rail, inland waterway and (...)

The EU Commission approves a Swedish scheme worth €154M to support livestock and greenhouse producers in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €154 million Swedish scheme to support livestock and greenhouse producers in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €154 million (SEK 1,635 million) Swedish scheme to support the livestock sector and the greenhouse production (...)

The EU Commission approves a French scheme worth €5B to support energy-intensive companies in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €5 billion French scheme to support energy intensive companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €5 billion French scheme to support energy intensive companies across sectors in the context of Russia’s invasion of (...)

The EU Commission approves a Polish State aid scheme worth €1.2B to support companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.2 billion Polish scheme to support companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €1.2 billion Polish scheme (PLN 5.5 billion) to support companies across sectors in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The (...)

The EU Commission approves a Slovenian scheme worth €140M to support companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €140 million Slovenian scheme to support companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €140 million Slovenian scheme to support companies across sectors in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The scheme was (...)

The EU Commission approves €1 million Croatian scheme to support maize seed producers in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1 million Croatian scheme to support maize seed producers in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €1 million (HRK 7.5 million) Croatian scheme to support maize seed producers in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (...)

The EU General Court issues a decision which confirms that Member States have a right to grant State aid to undertakings of their choice rather than to all undertakings that may need or somehow “deserve” State aid (Ryanair)
Maastricht University
Individual Aid to Counter the Effects of Serious Economic Disturbance Is Legally Possible, but Is it Appropriate?* Individual aid need not be capable itself to remedy serious economic disturbance in the economy of a Member State. It is sufficient that it contributes to that effect. (...)

The EU General Court dismisses in its entirety an action seeking annulment of the decision by the Commission to approve aid granted by Finland to a major airline (Finnair)
General Court of the European Union (Luxembourg)
The action seeking annulment of the decision by the Commission to approve aid granted by Finland to the airline Finnair is dismissed in its entirety* The Commission was entitled to approve the recapitalisation of Finnair, carried out by its public and private owners on a pro rata basis in (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves Norwegian aid scheme for businesses affected by Russia’s war against Ukraine
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
ESA approves Norwegian aid scheme for businesses affected by Russia’s war against Ukraine* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved an aid scheme for Norwegian undertakings that would normally receive a significant part of their turnover from customers based in Ukraine, Belarus (...)

The EU Commission approves €1.14 billion Hungarian scheme to support companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.14 billion Hungarian scheme to support companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €1.14 billion (HUF 442.37 billion) Hungarian scheme to support companies across sectors in the context of Russia’s invasion of (...)

The EU Commission approves €1.7 billion Italian scheme to support investment towards a sustainable recovery
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.7 billion Italian scheme to support investment towards a sustainable recovery* The European Commission has approved a €1.7 billion Italian scheme aimed at providing investment support towards a sustainable recovery. The scheme was approved under the State aid (...)

The EU Commission approves €374 million Italian scheme to compensate rail freight transport companies for the damage suffered due to the coronavirus pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €374 million Italian scheme to compensate rail freight transport companies for the damage suffered due to the coronavirus pandemic* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, €374 million Italian support to compensate rail freight transport (...)

The EU Commission approves €3.9 million Estonian scheme to support agricultural producers in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €3.9 million Estonian scheme to support agricultural producers in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €3.9 million Estonian scheme to support the beef, poultry and horticulture sectors in the context of Russia’s invasion (...)

The EU Commission approves €500 million Romanian scheme under Recovery and Resilience Facility to support the establishment of new forest areas
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €500 million Romanian scheme under Recovery and Resilience Facility to support the establishment of new forest areas* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €500 million Romanian scheme made available through the Recovery and Resilience (...)

The EU Commission approves €226 million Hungarian scheme to support SMEs in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €226 million Hungarian scheme to support SMEs in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €226 million (HUF 90 billion) Hungarian scheme to support small and medium-sized enterprises (‘SMEs’) across sectors in the context of (...)

The EU Commission approves award of slots at Lisbon airport to Swiss low-cost airline company following national competitor’s restructuring (Easyjet / TAP Air Portugal)
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves award of slots at Lisbon airport to easyJet following TAP Group’s restructuring* The European Commission has ranked easyJet first among the air carriers that have applied for the portfolio of up to 18 daily slots at Lisbon airport. The slots will be made available (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves aid scheme for Icelandic aviation academies or losses resulting from COVID-19 restrictions Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19: ESA approves aid scheme for Icelandic aviation academies* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved an Icelandic scheme that compensates aviation academies for losses resulting from COVID-19 restrictions. The objective of the scheme is to ensure access to liquidity (...)

The EU Commission approves €500 million Finnish scheme to support companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves 500 million Finnish scheme to support companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved an €500 million scheme to support companies active in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The scheme was approved under the (...)

The EU Commission green-lights a €160M Portuguese scheme to alleviate the damage done to gas-intensive industries amid rising gas prices due to the Russo-Ukrainian War
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €160 million Portuguese scheme to support gas intensive companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €160 million Portuguese scheme to support gas intensive companies in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The (...)

The EU Commission accepts Lithuania’s €20M support scheme to ease the effects on businesses caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €20 million Lithuanian scheme to support companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €20 million Lithuanian scheme to support companies across sectors in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The scheme was (...)

The EU Commission approves a Greek scheme worth €50M to support the livestock industry in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €50 million Greek scheme to support the livestock sector in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €50 million Greek scheme to support the livestock sector in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The scheme was (...)

The EU Commission approves a Romanian scheme worth €60.7M to support the road transport sector in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €60.7 million Romanian scheme to support the road transport sector in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €60.7 million (RON 300 million) Romanian scheme to support companies active in road transport of goods and (...)

The EU Commission green-lights a Finnish State aid scheme worth €16M to support farmers in the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €16 million Finnish scheme to support farmers in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €16 million Finnish scheme to support the agricultural sector in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The scheme was approved (...)

The EU Commission approves a €500M Luxembourgish State aid scheme guaranteeing loans with a view to increasing liquidity in the face of the geopolitical crisis triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €500 million Luxembourgish scheme to support companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €500 million Luxembourgish guarantee scheme to support companies across sectors in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (...)

The EU Commission approves a €30M Maltese State aid scheme to increase production and imports of wholesale grains in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves a €30 million Maltese scheme to support the importation, manufacturing and wholesale of grains in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €30 million Maltese scheme to support companies active in the importation, manufacturing (...)

The EU Commission approves a €1.2B State aid Scheme by the Italian government to support the agriculture and fishing industries following the fallout from the Russo-Ukrainian War
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.2 billion Italian scheme to support agricultural, forestry, fishery and aquaculture sectors in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €1.2 billion Italian umbrella scheme to support the agricultural, forestry, fishery and (...)

The EU General Court issues a decision which confirms that the date on which State aid is deemed to be granted is not necessarily the date on which the actual benefit materialises (Tirrenia di navigazione)
Maastricht University
The Date on which State Aid is Deemed to be Granted Is not necessarily the Date on which the Actual Benefit Materialises* State aid is deemed to be granted even if the benefit cannot be quantified in advance and even if state resources are transferred at a future point in time. Introduction (...)

The EU Commission approves the 2022-2027 regional aid map for Northern Ireland
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Northern Ireland* The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules and in line with the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland annexed to the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern (...)

The EU Commission approves a Swedish State aid scheme worth €404M to support disadvantaged workers entering the workforce
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €404 million Swedish scheme to help disadvantaged workers access the labour market* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a Swedish scheme of around €404 million (SEK 4.2 billion) to help disadvantaged workers access the labour market. The (...)

The EU Commission sets plan to phase out State aid COVID Temporary Framework
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission will phase out state aid Covid Temporary Framework* The European Commission will phase out the State aid COVID Temporary Framework, adopted on 19 March 2020 and last amended on 18 November 2021, enabling Member States to remedy a serious disturbance in the economy in the (...)

The EU Commission approves €698 million Italian scheme to support the tourism sector in the context of coronavirus pandemic
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €698 million Italian scheme to support the tourism sector in the context of coronavirus pandemic* The European Commission has approved a €698 million Italian scheme to support companies active in the tourism sector affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The scheme (...)

The EU General Court upholds the Commission’s decision to approve a rescue aid of €36,660,000 granted by Romania to a passenger and cargo airline (TAROM)
General Court of the European Union (Luxembourg)
The General Court upholds the Commission’s decision approving rescue aid of €36 660 000 granted by Romania to the airline TAROM* That aid is compatible with the internal market as it aims to prevent the social hardship that disruption of TAROM’s services might cause for the connectivity of (...)

The EU Commission announces that the rescue aid framework will be abolished save for two types of support - Insolvency and investment support, which will be temporarily permitted (Wizz Air)
Maastricht University
Rescue Aid* Member State must demonstrate that rescue or restructuring aid aims to prevent social hardship or address market failure. The Temporary Framework is coming to an end The European Commission announced on 12 May 2022 that the Temporary Framework will be abolished on 30 June 2022, (...)

The UK Government adapts the national subsidy control regime by passing the Subsidy Control Act 2022
Herbert Smith Freehills (London)
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Herbert Smith Freehills (London)
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Herbert Smith Freehills (London)
On 28 April 2022, the UK’s Subsidy Control Bill received Royal Assent, becoming the Subsidy Control Act 2022 (the “Act”). Although the UK’s domestic subsidy control regime now has a statutory footing, most of the Act has not yet entered into force, meaning that the interim regime based on the (...)

The EU Commission approves €169 million Spanish scheme to support milk producers in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €169 million Spanish scheme to support milk producers in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €169 million Spanish scheme to support the milk producers sector in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The scheme was (...)

The EU Commission approves €18 million Irish support scheme to support the road haulage sector in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €18 million Irish scheme to support the road haulage sector in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved an €18 million Irish scheme to support the road haulage sector in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The scheme (...)

The EU General Court declares that the Commission must open a formal procedure not only when it has doubts about the existence of aid and/or the compatibility of aid, but also about whether the aid is existing or new (Petra Flašker)
Maastricht University
The Standard of Proof in State Aid Complaints and the “Informational Disadvantage” of Complainants* The Commission must use its investigative powers to seek clarification from Member States in order for it to establish whether a measure constitutes State aid, or is compatible aid, or is existing (...)

The EU Commission approves a €700M French scheme to support research, development and innovation projects by companies of all sizes and across all sectors
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €700 million French scheme to support research, development and innovation projects across all sectors* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €700 million French scheme to support research, development and innovation projects by (...)

The EU Commission approves €130 million Lithuanian scheme to support companies affected by China’s discriminatory trade restrictions
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €130 million Lithuanian scheme to support companies affected by discriminatory trade restrictions* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €130 million Lithuanian scheme to support and facilitate access to finance by companies affected by (...)

The EU Commission approves €2 billion Italian scheme under the recovery and resilience facility to support roll out of 5G mobile networks
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2 billion Italian scheme under the Recovery and Resilience Facility to support roll out of 5G mobile networks* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €2 billion Italian scheme made available through the Recovery and Resilience Facility (...)

The EU Commission approves a €836 million Polish scheme to support the agricultural sector in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €836 million Polish scheme to support agricultural sector in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €836 million (PLN 3.9 billion) Polish scheme to support the agricultural sector in the context of Russia’s invasion of (...)

The EU General Court issues a decision which finds that Member States must recover of their own initiative illegally granted aid (KW and SG)
Maastricht University
Member States Must Recover of their Own Initiative Illegally Granted Aid* Aid granted illegal must be recovered by the granting authority without any need for a prior Commission decision ordering recovery. The amount of recovered aid may be limited to that which is in excess of what is (...)

The EU Commission approves a French liquidity scheme to support companies in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves French liquidity scheme to support companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a French scheme that enables up to €155 billion in liquidity support for companies across all sectors in the context of Russia’s invasion (...)

The EU Commission adopts a temporary crisis framework for state aid measures to support the economy following the aggression against Ukraine by Russia
Covington & Burling (Brussels)
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Covington & Burling (Brussels)
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DalDeWolf (Brussels)
On 23 March 2022, the European Commission (the “Commission”) adopted a Temporary Crisis Framework for State Aid measures to support the economy following the aggression against Ukraine by Russia (the “Framework”). In a similar fashion to the temporary framework that the Commission has adopted to (...)

The EU Commission adopts "Temporary Crisis Framework" for State aid measures to support the EU economy in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
Ashurst (Brussels)
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University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne
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Ashurst (London)
introduction The aggression against Ukraine by Russia, the sanctions imposed by the EU and its international partners and the retaliatory counter-measures have created significant economic uncertainties, and disrupted trade flows and supply chains in many sectors. They have also led to (...)

The EU Commission adopts Temporary Crisis Framework for State aid measures to support the EU economy following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
McDermott Will & Emery (Brussels)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Brussels)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Brussels)
To mitigate the negative economic and social consequences of Russian military aggression against Ukraine and to lessen the effect of the restrictive economic measures taken in response to the crisis, as well as retaliatory counter measures, the European Commission adopted the Temporary Crisis (...)

The EU Commission adopts State aid framework following similar COVID-19 framework providing loan guarantees, tax-breaks and other measures for energy-intensive industry
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Rome)
On March 23, 2022, the Commission adopted a Communication setting out a temporary framework for the implementation of State aid rules to support the economy following the conflict in Ukraine (the “Temporary Crisis Framework”), shortly after consulting with the Member States. The Temporary Crisis (...)

The EU Commission adopts a State aid Crisis Framework to support the economy in relation to the Russo-Ukrainian conflict
Ashurst (Brussels)
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University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne
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Ashurst (London)
Introduction The aggression against Ukraine by Russia, the sanctions imposed by the EU and its international partners and the retaliatory counter-measures have created significant economic uncertainties, and disrupted trade flows and supply chains in many sectors. They have also led to (...)

The EU Commission approves €209M of Hungarian aid for construction of a global information and communications technology company’s electric vehicle battery plant (SK On Hungary)
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €209 million Hungarian aid for construction of SK On Hungary’s electric vehicle battery plant* The European Commission has found that Hungary’s €209 million measure in favour of SK On Hungary is in line with EU State aid rules. The investment aid will support the (...)

The EU Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Ireland
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Ireland* The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules Ireland’s map for granting regional aid from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2027 within the framework of the revised Regional aid Guidelines (’RAG’). The revised (...)

The EU Commission approves a €120M Spanish scheme under Recovery and Resilience Facility to support sustainable rail freight transport
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €120 million Spanish scheme under Recovery and Resilience Facility to support sustainable rail freight transport* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €120 million Spanish scheme made available through the Recovery and Resilience (...)

The EU Commission approves an Austrian scheme worth €2B under the Recovery and Resilience Facility to support the roll-out of broadband networks
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2 billion Austrian scheme under Recovery and Resilience Facility to support roll out of broadband networks* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €2 billion Austrian aid scheme made available through the Recovery and Resilience Facility (...)

The EU Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Spain
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Spain* The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules Spain’s map for granting regional aid from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2027, within the framework of the revised Regional aid Guidelines (’RAG’). The revised RAG, (...)

The EU Commission approves a €2.9 billion Spanish scheme to partially compensate energy-intensive companies for higher electricity prices resulting from indirect emission costs
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2.9 billion Spanish scheme to compensate energy-intensive companies for indirect emission costs* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a Spanish scheme to partially compensate energy-intensive companies for higher electricity prices (...)

The EU Commission approves a €1.4B Czech scheme to partially compensate energy-intensive companies for higher electricity prices as a result of indirect emission costs
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.4 billion Czech scheme to compensate energy-intensive companies for indirect emission costs* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a Czech scheme to partially compensate energy-intensive companies for higher electricity prices (...)

The EU Commission approves a 2022-2027 regional aid map for Malta
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Malta* The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules Malta’s map for granting regional aid from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2027, within the framework of the revised Regional aid Guidelines (’RAG’). The revised RAG, (...)

The EU Commission approves €687M Italian scheme to compensate commercial rail passenger operators for the damage suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €687 million Italian scheme to compensate commercial rail passenger operators for the damage suffered due to the coronavirus pandemic* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, €687 million Italian support to compensate providers of (...)

The EU Commission approves a €2 billion Hungarian scheme aimed at providing investment support for sustainable recovery
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2 billion Hungarian investment support scheme towards a sustainable recovery* The European Commission has approved a €2 billion Hungarian scheme aimed at providing investment support towards a sustainable recovery. The scheme was approved under the State aid (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to a Norwegian support scheme for canceled and downscaled cultural events due to the COVID-19 outbreak Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments to Norwegian support scheme for cancelled and downscaled cultural events* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved amendments to a scheme offering financial support to organisers and subcontractors of cultural events that have been (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves Iceland’s regional aid map for 2022-2027
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
ESA approves Iceland’s regional aid map for 2022-2027* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a new map proposed by Iceland designating areas eligible to receive regional aid. The EEA Agreement contains rules that allow for state aid to support the economic development of (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority adopts revised climate, energy and environmental guidelines
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
State aid: ESA adopts revised climate, energy and environmental guidelines* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today adopted revised Guidelines on state aid for Climate, Environmental Protection and Energy (CEEAG). ESA will apply these when assessing state aid granted by Iceland, (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to two Norwegian aid schemes for the sports and voluntary sectors due to the COVID-19 outbreak Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments to two Norwegian aid schemes for the sports and voluntary sectors* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved amendments to two aid schemes: one compensating voluntary organisations, and another compensating voluntary organisations (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to an Icelandic support scheme for businesses amidst the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments to Icelandic support scheme for businesses* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved amendments to an Icelandic aid scheme offering resilience grants to eligible companies and self-employed individuals. The resilience grants scheme (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves an aid scheme for Icelandic businesses that have suffered losses due to restrictions in opening hours in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves aid scheme for Icelandic businesses that have suffered losses due to restrictions in opening hours* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved an Icelandic scheme offering direct grants to companies in the restaurant sector for income losses due to (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves the renewal and amendments to Norwegian aid scheme for lost inventory amidst the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves renewal and amendments to Norwegian aid scheme for lost inventory* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved amendments and renewal of a Norwegian scheme compensating undertakings for spoiled inventory that can no longer be sold or used. The (...)

The EU Commission approves a €3.8B Italian scheme under the Recovery and Resilience Facility to support the deployment of a fast fibre internet provider
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €3.8 billion Italian scheme under Recovery and Resilience Facility to support deployment of Gigabit networks* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €3.8 billion Italian scheme made available through the Recovery and Resilience Facility (...)

The EU Court of Justice rules that compensatory payments may be categorised as State aid and must comply with relevant de minimis regulations (Satini-S / Dabas aizsardzības pārvalde)
Maastricht University
Compensation for Damage and De Minimis Aid* Compensation for damage caused by protected animals is State aid. Member States may categorise compensatory payments as de minimis aid and refuse to make payments in excess of the de minimis threshold. Introduction Advantage in the meaning of (...)

The EU Commission approves a restructuring aid of up to around €2.7 billion for a Romanian power company (Complexul Energetic Oltenia SA)
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves restructuring aid of up to around €2.7 billion for Romanian power company Complexul Energetic Oltenia SA* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, Romania’s plans to grant power company Complexul Energetic Oltenia SA (‘CE Oltenia’) (...)

The UK Government publishes an illustrative guidance on the future operation of its subsidy control regime
White & Case (Brussels)
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White & Case (London)
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White & Case (London)
The Subsidy Control Bill (the "SCB"), first introduced by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (the "BEIS") on 30 June 2021, is making its way through the House of Lords ahead of expected adoption in 2022. In the interim, on 25 January 2022, the UK government published a (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves a continued and increased support to long-distance bus and passenger boat services in Norway in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves continued and increased support to long-distance bus and passenger boat services in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a renewal of and amendments to a Norwegian scheme to compensate operators of long-distance bus and passenger boat (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves an Icelandic tax-deferral scheme for the restaurant sector in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves Icelandic tax-deferral scheme for the restaurant sector* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved an Icelandic tax-referral scheme that allows eligible businesses in the restaurant sector to defer payroll tax payments and social security (...)

The EU Court of Justice finds that the General Court erred in law when finding the Commission incompetent to examine, in the light of the law on State aid, the compensation paid to Swedish investors by Romania in the implementation of an arbitral award (Micula)
European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)
The General Court erred in law in finding that the Commission lacked competence to examine, in the light of the law on State aid, the compensation paid to Swedish investors by Romania in implementation of an arbitral award* While that award had upheld the argument of those investors that that (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves the renewal of an Icelandic support scheme for businesses
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves renewal of Icelandic support scheme for businesses* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved the renewal of and amendments to an Icelandic aid scheme offering resilience grants to eligible companies and self-employed individuals. The resilience (...)

The EU Commission approves a €20 million Spanish scheme under Recovery and Resilience Facility to support deployment of intelligent transportation systems
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €20 million Spanish scheme under Recovery and Resilience Facility to support deployment of intelligent transportation systems* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €20 million Spanish scheme made available through the Recovery and (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves additional amendments to a Norwegian compensation scheme for businesses amidst the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves additional amendments to a Norwegian compensation scheme for businesses* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved additional amendments to a Norwegian scheme providing compensation to companies suffering losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The (...)

The EU Commission approves an Austrian scheme to support the production of electricity from renewable energy sources
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Austrian scheme to support production of electricity from renewable energy sources* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, an Austrian aid scheme to support electricity production from renewable sources. The measure will help Austria (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves a revised Norwegian scheme for regionally differentiated social security contributions
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
ESA approves revised Norwegian scheme for regionally differentiated social security contributions* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a revised Norwegian scheme under which employers in very sparsely populated areas pay reduced social security contributions. The measure (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves prolongation of a Norwegian compensation scheme for cancelled and downscaled cultural events in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves prolongation to Norwegian compensation scheme for cancelled and downscaled cultural events* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a prolongation of a Norwegian scheme providing compensation for losses related to cancelled or downscaled (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves the renewal of a Norwegian loan guarantee scheme for businesses amidst the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves renewal of Norwegian loan guarantee scheme for businesses* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved the renewal of a Norwegian loan guarantee scheme that will help ensure access to finance for businesses facing acute liquidity shortages due to (...)

The EU Commission approves a €150 million Spanish scheme under Recovery and Resilience Facility to support the deployment of passive infrastructure for mobile networks
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €150 million Spanish scheme under Recovery and Resilience Facility to support deployment of passive infrastructure for mobile networks* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €150 million Spanish scheme made available through the Recovery (...)

The EU Commission approves €610 million voucher scheme to help small and medium enterprises access high-speed broadband services in Italy
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €610 million voucher scheme to support access to high-speed broadband services by small and medium enterprises in Italy* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €610 million Italian voucher scheme to help small and medium enterprises (...)

The EU Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Bulgaria
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Bulgaria* The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules Bulgaria’s map for granting regional aid from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2027, within the framework of the revised Regional aid Guidelines (’RAG’). The (...)

The EU Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Sweden
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Sweden* The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules Sweden’s map for granting regional aid from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2027, within the framework of the revised Regional aid Guidelines (’RAG’). The revised (...)

The EU Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Germany
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Germany* The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules Germany’s map for granting regional aid from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2027, within the framework of the revised Regional aid Guidelines (’RAG’). The revised (...)

The EU Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Latvia
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Latvia* The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules Latvia’s map for granting regional aid from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2027, within the framework of the revised Regional aid Guidelines (’RAG’). The revised (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority adopts revised State aid guidelines to promote risk finance investments and on short-term export credit insurance
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
ESA adopts revised state aid guidelines on state aid to promote risk finance investments and on short-term export credit insurance* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has adopted two sets of revised guidelines in the field of state aid: one on the promotion of risk finance investments and (...)

The EU Commission approves a €3B scheme under the Spanish "Recovery and Resilience Plan" to support research, development, innovation, environmental protection and energy efficiency in the automotive value chain
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €3 billion scheme under the Spanish Recovery and Resilience Plan to support research, development, innovation, environmental protection and energy efficiency in automotive value chain* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €3 billion (...)

The EU Commission approves a Croatian scheme worth €783M to support the production of electricity from renewable energy sources
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €783 million Croatian scheme to support production of electricity from renewable energy sources* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a Croatian aid scheme to support electricity production from renewable sources. The measure will help (...)

The EU Commission approves a €133 million Swedish scheme to support rail freight and passenger operators affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €133 million Swedish scheme to support rail freight and passenger operators affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €133 million (SEK 1,370 million) Swedish scheme to support the rail freight sector (...)

The EU Commission adopts revised Guidelines on State aid to promote risk finance investments
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission adopts revised Guidelines on State aid to promote risk finance investments* The European Commission has adopted revised Guidelines on State aid to promote risk finance investments(the ’Risk Finance Guidelines’). The revised Guidelines will apply from 1 January 2022. They (...)

The EU Commission approves a 2022-2027 regional aid map for Italy
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Italy* The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules Italy’s map for granting regional aid from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2027 within the framework of the revised Regional aid Guidelines (’RAG’). The revised RAG, (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves Norwegian aid for zero-emission hydrogen vessels (Topeka)
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
ESA greenlights Norwegian aid for zero-emission hydrogen vessels Illustration / Topeka* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved NOK 219 million (EUR 21.73m) in Norwegian state aid for the purchase of two zero-emission hydrogen vessels being developed under the Topeka Nattruten (...)

The EU Commission approves a €700 million French scheme to support certain companies particularly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictive measures put in place by the government to limit the spread of the virus Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves EUR 700 million French scheme to compensate for damage suffered by certain companies due to the coronavirus pandemic.* The European Commission has approved, under the EU State aid rules, a EUR 700 million French scheme to support certain companies particularly (...)

The EU Commission approves the 2022-2027 regional aid map for Lithuania
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Lithuania* The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules Lithuania’s map for granting regional aid from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2027, within the framework of the revised Regional aid Guidelines(’RAG’). The (...)

The EU Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Croatia
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Croatia* The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules Croatia’s map for granting regional aid from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2027 within the framework of the revised Regional aid Guidelines (‘RAG’). The revised (...)

The EU Commission approves a €2.27B Greek aid scheme to support electricity production from renewable energy sources and high-efficiency combined heat and power
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2.27 billion Greek aid scheme to support electricity production from renewable energy sources and high efficiency combined heat and power* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €2.27 billion Greek scheme for the production of (...)

The EU Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Estonia
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Estonia* The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules Estonia’s map for granting regional aid from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2027, within the framework of the revised Regional aid Guidelines (‘RAG’). The revised (...)

The EU Commission approves investment aid for an energy infrastructure project in northern Greece that amounts to €364M (LNG terminal in Alexandroupolis)
Maastricht University
Public Funding of an Energy Infrastructure Project* State aid up to 100% of the funding gap of a project can be compatible with the internal market. Introduction The European Commission approved investment aid for a Liquefied Natural Gas [LNG] terminal in Alexandroupolis in northern Greece (...)

The EU Commission approves a €4.5 billion Italian scheme to support companies and the economy in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €4.5 billion Italian scheme to support companies and the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €4.5 billion Italian scheme to support companies and the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The (...)

The EU Commission approves a €173M aid scheme for charging and refuelling stations for zero and low-emission vehicles in Poland
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €173 million aid scheme for charging and refuelling stations for zero and low emission vehicles in Poland* The European Commission has found Polish plans to invest into electric charging and hydrogen-refuelling infrastructure for zero and low emission vehicles to (...)

The EU Commission approves €700 million French scheme supporting certain retailers and services affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €700 million French scheme for certain retailers and services affected by the coronavirus pandemic* The European Commission has approved, under the EU state aid rules, a €700 million French scheme to support certain retailers and services affected by the (...)

The EU Commission approves €31.9 billion Italian scheme to support companies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
Commission approves €31.9 billion Italian scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €31.9 billion Italian scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary (...)

The EU Court of Justice upholds the General Court’s classification of the Spanish tax rules on the amortization of financial goodwill as State aid incompatible with the internal market (Deutsche Telekom / Banco Santander / Sigma Alimentos Exterior / Prosegur Compañia de Seguridad / Duty Free Group / Banco Santander / Santusa)
European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)
The Court of Justice dismisses the appeals brought against the judgments of the General Court upholding the classification of the Spanish tax rules on the amortisation of financial goodwill as State aid incompatible with the internal market* In 2007, after a number of written questions had (...)

The EU Commission approves the 2022-2027 regional aid map for Poland
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Poland* The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules Poland’s map for granting regional aid from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2027, within the framework of the revised Regional aid Guidelines (“RAG”). The revised (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to the Norwegian compensation scheme for organizers of canceled or downscaled cultural events due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments to Norwegian compensation scheme for organisers of cancelled or downscaled cultural events* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved the renewal of a Norwegian scheme to compensate organisers and subcontractors for losses related to (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to a Norwegian compensation scheme for businesses suffering financial losses amidst the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments to Norwegian compensation scheme for businesses suffering financial losses* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved changes to a Norwegian support scheme for businesses seeking compensation for COVID-19-related financial difficulties. (...)

The EU General Court annuls the Commission’s decisions that an arbitration award setting an allegedly preferential tariff for electricity does not involve the granting of an advantage to an aluminum producer (Mytilinaios)
General Court of the European Union (Luxembourg)
The General Court annuls the decisions by which the Commission found that an arbitration award setting an allegedly preferential tariff for electricity did not involve the granting of an advantage to the aluminium producer Mytilinaios* The Commission was required to examine diligently, (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves a renewal of temporary amendments to Norwegian tax refund scheme for seafarers amidst the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves renewal of temporary amendments to Norwegian tax refund scheme for seafarers* The EFTA Surveillance Authority has today approved the renewal of temporary amendments to a Norwegian aid scheme granting tax refunds to shipping companies aimed at off-setting the (...)

The EU Commission approves an award of slots at the Paris-Orly airport to a low-cost airline company in the context of its competitor’s recapitalisation due to the COVID-19 pandemic (Vueling / Air France) Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves award of slots at Paris-Orly airport to Vueling in context of Air France’s recapitalisation* The European Commission has ranked Vueling first among the air carriers that have applied for the portfolio of up to 18 daily slots at Paris-Orly airport. These will be (...)

The EU Court of Justice upholds the Commission’s decision finding that the Belgian tax rulings regarding excess profits qualify as a State aid scheme (Magnetrol International)
Ashurst (Brussels)
On 16 September 2021, the ECJ handed down its much awaited judgment on whether the Belgian tax rulings concerning excess profits could be classified as an aid scheme (as opposed to individual aid measures). The ECJ set aside the General Court’s judgment and backed the European Commission’s (...)

The EU Commission approves a 2022-2027 regional aid map for Hungary
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Hungary* The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules Hungary’s map for granting regional aid from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2027. The Hungarian regional aid map is among the first maps approved by the Commission (...)

The EU Commission approves a 2022-2027 regional aid map for Slovakia
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Slovakia* The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules Slovakia’s map for granting regional aid from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2027. The Slovak regional aid map is among the first maps approved by the Commission (...)

The EU Commission approves a €3 billion French scheme to provide debt and capital support to companies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €3 billion French scheme to provide debt and capital support to companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, French plans to set up a €3 billion fund that will invest through debt, hybrid and equity (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves a production grant scheme for private media outlets in Iceland in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
ESA approves production grant scheme for private media outlets in Iceland* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a grant scheme for private media outlets in Iceland. The scheme aims to improve operating conditions and strengthen the media’s role in providing factual (...)

The EU Commission approves a €520 million Italian scheme to compensate the trade fairs and congress sector for damages suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €520 million Italian scheme to compensate the trade fairs and congress sector for damages suffered due to the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €520 million Italian scheme to compensate companies active in the (...)

The EU Commission approves a €5.7B French scheme to support the production of electricity from small solar installations on buildings
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €5.7 billion French scheme to support production of electricity from small solar installations on buildings* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €5.7 billion French aid scheme to support renewable electricity production from small (...)

The EU Commission approves a €500 million Greek aid scheme to support the uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the Covid-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €500 million Greek aid scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a Greek scheme to support the uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was (...)

The EU Commission approves €1 billion Cypriot scheme to support enterprises and self-employed individuals in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1 billion Cypriot scheme to support enterprises and self-employed individuals in context of coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €1 billion Cypriot scheme to support enterprises and self-employed individuals in the context of the (...)

The EU Commission gives the green light to a new synthetic securitization product under the European Guarantee Fund to further support SMEs affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in 22 Member States Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission gives green light to new synthetic securitisation product under the European Guarantee Fund to further support SMEs affected by the coronavirus outbreak in 22 Member States* The European Commission approved, under EU State aid rules, the introduction of a new product in (...)

The EU Commission approves a €430 million Italian scheme to compensate ski lift operators for damages suffered due to the Covid-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €430 million Italian scheme to compensate ski lift operators for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €430 million Italian measure to compensate ski lift operators for the damages suffered (...)

The EU Commission approves Czechia’s map for granting regional aid from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2027
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Czechia* The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules Czechia’s map for granting regional aid from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2027. The Czech regional aid map is the first map approved by the Commission within the (...)

The EU Commission approves a €30.5 billion French scheme to support the production of electricity from renewable energy sources
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €30.5 billion French scheme to support production of electricity from renewable energy sources* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a French aid scheme to support renewable electricity production. The measure will help France achieve (...)

The EU Commission approves a €800 million Italian scheme to compensate airports and ground-handling operators for the damage suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €800 million Italian scheme to compensate airports and ground-handling operators for the damage suffered due to the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €800 million Italian scheme to compensate airports and (...)

The EU Commission approves a €1 billion Spanish recapitalisation scheme to provide debt and capital support to companies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1 billion Spanish recapitalisation scheme to provide debt and capital support to companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, Spanish plans to set up a €1 billion recapitalisation fund that will (...)

The EU Commission approves €2.5 billion Italian scheme to support self-employed and healthcare professionals in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2.5 billion Italian scheme to support self-employed and healthcare professionals in context of coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €2.5 billion Italian scheme to support self-employed individuals and certain healthcare professionals in the (...)

The EU Commission approves a €750 million German State guarantee scheme for the travel insolvency fund in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €750 million German State guarantee scheme for the Travel Insolvency Fund in the context of the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €750 million German scheme in the form of a State guarantee for loans that may be (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves increased support to long-distance bus and passenger boat services in Norway until the end of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 Pandemic: ESA approves increased support to long-distance bus and passenger boat services in Norway until the end of 2021* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved the renewal of a support scheme to compensate losses incurred by operators of long-distance bus and (...)

The UK Government announces its draft setting out the framework for how the nation will subsidize businesses post-Brexit
Covington & Burling (London)
The UK’s post-Brexit Subsidy Control regime — what to expect* What is happening and why? On 30 June, the UK Government announced its draft Subsidy Control Bill (the “Bill”) which sets out the framework for how the UK will subsidise businesses post-Brexit. The UK government has hailed the Bill as (...)

The EU Commission approves the Austrian network reserve for ensuring the security of the electricity supply
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Austrian network reserve for ensuring security of electricity supply* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, Austrian plans to establish a network reserve for the Austrian electricity market. The temporary measure will be in force until (...)

The EU Commission authorises the regulatory mechanism for the storage of natural gas in France
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: the Commission authorises the regulatory mechanism for the storage of natural gas in France* The European Commission has concluded that the regulatory mechanism for the storage of natural gas implemented by France since 2017 complies with EU rules on State aid. The measure will (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves prolongation of Norwegian support scheme for businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves prolongation of Norwegian support scheme for businesses* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved the prolongation of a Norwegian guarantee scheme that will help ensure access to credit for businesses facing an acute shortage of liquidity due to (...)

The EU Commission approves a Polish scheme to compensate large companies for damages suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic and provide liquidity support Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves a Polish scheme to compensate large companies for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak and provide liquidity support* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a Polish scheme to partially compensate large companies for the damages (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves the prolongation of a Norwegian State aid scheme for sporting events of national importance amidst the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves prolongation of Norwegian aid scheme for sporting events of national importance* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a prolongation until 31 October 2021 of a scheme providing support to sporting events affected by the ongoing COVID-19 (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves a prolongation of a production grant scheme for news and current affairs media in Norway
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
ESA approves prolonging support to news and current affairs media in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) today approves a prolongation of a production grant scheme for media in Norway, until the end of 2022. The production grant scheme for media is an important part of Norway’s media (...)

The EU Commission approves €800 million Italian scheme to support companies in context of the coronavirus outbreak, as well as development and production of COVID-19-relevant products Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €800 million Italian scheme to support companies in context of coronavirus outbreak, as well as development and production of coronavirus-relevant products* The European Commission has approved a €800 million Italian scheme to support companies affected by the (...)

The EU Commission approves €800 million State aid scheme for Greece in order to support the tourism sector in the context of COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €800 million Greek scheme to support tourism sector in context of coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €800 million Greek scheme to support companies active in tourism affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves support to organisers of package travels in Norway in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves support to organisers of package travels in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a scheme that will help ensure that organisers of package travels can obtain refund guarantees from insurance companies and continue operations. In (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves a Norwegian compensation scheme for organisers of canceled or downscaled cultural events in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves Norwegian compensation scheme for organisers of cancelled or downscaled cultural events* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a Norwegian scheme to compensate organisers and subcontractors for losses related to cancelled or downscaled (...)

The EU Commission approves a €2.1 billion German State aid scheme to support the roll-out of infrastructure for high-speed mobile communication services
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2.1 billion German scheme to support roll-out of infrastructure for high speed mobile communication services in underserved areas in Germany* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €2.1 billion German aid scheme to support the (...)

The EU Commission approves the modification of the existing German State aid scheme to support rail freight operators and mitigate the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on the sector Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves modification of existing German scheme to support rail freight operators and mitigate effects of coronavirus outbreak on the sector* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, the modification of an existing German aid scheme to support rail (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves a Norwegian aid to businesses for lost inventory due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves Norwegian aid to businesses for lost inventory* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a scheme to compensate restaurants, bars, certain hotels, cafés and flower shops for losses in spoiled inventory that could no longer be sold or used. (...)

The EU General Court clarifies the relationship between the rules on State aid and the principle of non-discrimination on grounds of nationality (Ryanair) Free
General Court of the European Union (Luxembourg)
The solvency support fund for strategic Spanish undertakings experiencing temporary difficulties due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is compatible with EU law* The measure at issue, intended for the adoption of recapitalisation measures with a budget of €10 billion, constitutes a State (...)

The EU General Court annuls for inadequate reasoning two COVID-19 related State aid decisions granted by the Netherlands and Portugal while also confirming in a third decision the legality of a Spanish State aid scheme in the air transport sector (Ryanair) Free
Steptoe & Johnson (Brussels)
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Jones Day (Brussels)
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Jones Day (Brussels)
On 19 May 2021, the General Court (“GC”) annulled two decisions of the European Commission, following Ryanair’s challenges of State aid granted to respectively TAP (Portugal’s national airline) and KLM (subsidiary of the Air France-KLM holding company). In June and July 2020, TAP and KLM received (...)

The EU General Court annuls the Commission’s decisions authorising State aid schemes granted by Portugal and the Netherlands to two airline companies (Ryanair) Free
Maastricht University
State Aid to Group of Companies* In assessing the compatibility of State aid with the internal market, the Commission must also consider previous awards to a legally distinct but related company. In assessing the need for rescue/restructuring aid, the Commission must also consider whether the (...)

The EU General Court rules that limiting State aid due to COVID-19 to companies which have a durable link with the local economy can be compatible with the internal market (Ryanair) Free
Maastricht University
Is State Aid for Locally Established Undertakings Compatible with the Internal Market?* Limitation of State aid to companies which have a durable link with the local economy can be compatible with the internal market. Introduction By prohibiting barriers to free movement and establishment in (...)

The EU General Court delivers three judgments State aid granted to support airlines in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic (Ryanair) Free
Hogan Lovells (Brussels)
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Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 19 May 2021, the General Court of the European Union (“GC”) delivered three further judgments in cases brought by Ryanair concerning State aid granted to support other airlines in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. In one of these cases, the GC rejected Ryanair’s action for annulment (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to the Norwegian aid scheme for voluntary organisations due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments to Norwegian aid scheme for voluntary organisations* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved prolonging support to voluntary organisations experiencing financial challenges as a result of COVID-19-containment measures. The budget is also (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to Norwegian liquidity support scheme for tourism sector amidst the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments to Norwegian liquidity support scheme for tourism sector* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a prolongation of a liquidity support scheme to Norway’s tourism sector. The scheme is also amended to allow for increased support and to (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves the prolongation and amendments brought to two Norwegian aid schemes that provide support to event organizers facing continued financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves prolongation and amendments to financial aid schemes for organisers of events in the sporting and voluntary sectors in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a prolongation and amendments to two Norwegian aid schemes that provide (...)

The EU Court of Justice upholds the Commission’s action for failure to fulfill obligations against Greece for granting illegal aid to farmers
European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)
Greece has failed to fulfil its obligations by failing to recover unlawful aid paid to Greek farmers as compensation for adverse weather conditions* In 2009, the Greek Agricultural Insurance Organisation (ELGA) – a public body the purpose of which is to insure agricultural holdings against (...)

The EU Court of Justice finds that Greece had not informed the Commission promptly and sufficiently of a State aid measure and did not fulfill its obligations to implement the recovery (Greece / Commission)
Maastricht University
The article reviews Case C-11/20 The Impossibility of Proving the Absolute Impossibility to Recover Incompatible State Aid* Introduction It is rather impossible for Member States to prove that it is absolutely impossible to recover State aid that has been found by the Commission, and (...)

The EU General Court annuls the Commission’s decision declaring the aid granted in favour of a Luxembourg-based subsidiary of a Big Tech company incompatible with the internal market (Amazon)
General Court of the European Union (Luxembourg)
No selective advantage in favour of a Luxembourg subsidiary of the Amazon group: the General Court annuls the Commission’s decision declaring the aid incompatible with the internal market* According to the General Court, the Commission did not prove to the requisite legal standard that there (...)

The EU Commission approves a €500 million Greek scheme to support food service companies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €500 million Greek scheme to support food service companies affected by coronavirus outbreak The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €500 million Greek support scheme to support food service companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves the prolonging of support for large public events in Norway Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves prolonging support for large public events in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a prolongation and amendments of a scheme offering compensation to organisers of large public events that must be downscaled or cancelled as a result (...)

The EU Commission approves a €1.9 billion Czech scheme to support companies in context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.9 billion Czech scheme to support companies in context of coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved an approximately € 1.9 billion (CZK 50 billion) Czech scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments and prolongations to Icelandic business-support schemes Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments and prolongations to Icelandic business-support schemes* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved amendments and prolongations to the closure grants and resilience grants schemes providing support to companies suffering income losses (...)

The EFTA Surveillance approves compensation to producers of eligible Norwegian culture films Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves compensation to producers of eligible Norwegian culture films* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a scheme compensating film producers for losses due to the closure of cinemas or restrictions in seating capacity. The Norwegian authorities (...)

The EU Commission approves €400M Danish aid scheme to support the production of electricity from renewable energy sources
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €400 million Danish aid scheme to support production of electricity from renewable energy sources* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a Danish aid scheme to support electricity production from renewable sources. The measure will help (...)

The EU Commission approves a €12 million COVID-19 damage compensation as well as a €255.5 million of liquidity support to two airline companies in Portugal and extends an ongoing in-depth investigation to planned restructuring aid (SATA / Azores) Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €12 million coronavirus damage compensation and €255.5 million of liquidity support to SATA Air Açores and Azores Airlines in Portugal; extends ongoing in-depth investigation to planned restructuring aid* The European Commission has approved €12 million in Portuguese (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves a Norwegian aid scheme for alternative fuels infrastructure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
ESA approves Norwegian aid scheme for alternative fuels infrastructure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a Norwegian aid scheme to support private sector investments in own-use alternative fuels infrastructure. The measure, which is (...)

The EU Commission approves €2.5 million compensation to Slovenian press agency for its public service (STA)
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2.5 million compensation to Slovenian Press Agency STA for its public service* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €2.5 million compensation granted by Slovenia to the Slovenian Press Agency STA to fulfil its public service mission. (...)

The EU Commission approves the prolongation and modification of a German scheme to support electricity production from renewable energy sources
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves prolongation and modification of German scheme to support electricity production from renewable energy sources* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, the prolongation and modification of a German scheme to support the production of (...)

The EU Court of Justice finds that Spain failed to fulfil its obligations to recover the whole amount of the incompatible State aid (Telecom CLM)
Maastricht University
The Impossibility of Proving the Absolute Impossibility to Recover Incompatible State Aid* Introduction It is rather impossible for Member States to prove that it is absolutely impossible to recover State aid that has been found by the Commission, and confirmed by EU courts, to be (...)

The EU Court of Justice determines whether a company indirectly benefitted from incompatible State aid granted to another chemical company (Fortischem)
Maastricht University
Economic Continuity and Recovery of Indirect State Aid* Introduction Recipients of State aid that is found to be incompatible with the internal market have to pay it back with interest. This liability for repayment also extend to anyone else who benefits from the aid indirectly. It is (...)

The EU Court of Justice dismisses the appeal against the General Court’s judgment highlighting that essential national interests may justify deviation from the normal public procurement procedure (Achemos & Achema)
Maastricht University
State Aid and Essential National Interest* Introduction State aid should support outcomes that the market by itself cannot achieve. This implies that State aid that is restricted to only one or a few undertakings is unlikely to be capable of delivering the desired outcome. Yet, sometimes (...)

The EU Commission approves a restructuring aid for Polish regional railways as the country commits to an accelerated opening to competition of regional passenger rail transport
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves restructuring aid for Polish Regional Railways, as Poland commits to an accelerated opening to competition of regional passenger rail transport* The European Commission has concluded that Polish measures to support the restructuring of Polish Regional Railways, (...)

The EU Commission adopts revised guidelines on regional State aid to improve regional development and attract inward investment
Matheson (Dublin)
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Matheson (Dublin)
The European Commission has adopted revised Guidelines on Regional State Aid which will enter into force on 1 January 2022. The revised Guidelines bring about good and bad news for Irish granting authorities and prospective Regional Aid recipients. In particular, while permissible aid (...)

The EU Commission adopts revised regional aid guidelines
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission adopts revised Regional Aid Guidelines* The European Commission has adopted revised EU guidelines on regional State aid (the “Regional Aid Guidelines”), setting out the rules under which Member States can grant State aid to companies to support the economic development of (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves Norwegian umbrella scheme to support businesses in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves Norwegian umbrella scheme to support businesses* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a Norwegian umbrella scheme allowing municipalities to support local businesses that are suffering due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Preventive (...)

The EU General Court examines a system of levies on electricity consumers and concludes that it is likely to infringe fundamental provisions of the EU Treaty (Achema / Lifosa)
Maastricht University
State Aid Measures May not be Funded through Discriminatory Taxes* Introduction Member States finance the generation of electricity from renewable energy sources [RES] with revenue they raise through levies or charges on consumers of electricity. On 14 April 2021, the General Court in (...)

The EU General Court decides that State aid may be granted to a single company that is important for the national economy and does not need to be granted to all competitors (Ryanair) Free
Maastricht University
Individual Aid Measures to Combat Covid-19* Aid to remedy a serious economic disturbance may be granted to a single company that is important for the national economy. EU law does not extend to competitors a right to the same aid. Introduction Between March 2020 and April 2021, the European (...)

The EU General Court provides further guidance on the standard of judicial review of Commission decisions not to raise objections at the end of a preliminary examination phase (Achema / Lifosa) (Verband Deutscher Alten)
Hogan Lovells (Brussels)
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Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 14 April 2021, the General Court delivered two judgments (Achema and Lifosa, Case T-300/19, and Verband Deutscher Alten und Behindertenhilfe and CarePool Hannover, Case T-69/18, hereinafter “Achema” and “Verband Deutscher Alten”), which provide further guidance on the standard of judicial review (...)

The EU General Court of Justice finds that the aid measures introduced by Sweden and Denmark for an airline company’s damage resulting from the cancellation or rescheduling of flights in the wake of travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic comply with EU law (Ryanair) Free
General Court of the European Union (Luxembourg)
Aid measures introduced by Sweden and Denmark for SAS for damage resulting from the cancellation or rescheduling of flights in the wake of travel restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic comply with EU law* Given that SAS’s market share is much higher than that of its closest competitor in (...)

The EU Commission approves prolongation of market conform asset protection scheme for banks in Greece
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves prolongation of market conform asset protection scheme for banks in Greece* The European Commission has approved the prolongation of an existing Greek scheme aiming at supporting the reduction of non-performing loans of Greek banks on the basis that it remains (...)

The EU Commission approves €1.74 billion Danish scheme to support mink farmers and related businesses in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.74 billion Danish scheme to support mink farmers and related businesses in context of coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules, an approximately €1.74 billion (DKK 13 billion) Danish scheme to compensate mink farmers (...)

The EU Commission approves up to €4 billion French measure to recapitalise a national airline company (Air France) Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves up to €4 billion French measure to recapitalise Air France* The European Commission has approved French plans to grant up to €4 billion for the recapitalisation of Air France through its Holding company. The measure was approved under the State aid Temporary (...)

The EU Commission approves €400 million Dutch loan scheme to support companies providing package travel and linked travel arrangements in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €400 million Dutch loan scheme to support companies providing package travel and linked travel arrangements in context of coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €400 million Dutch loan scheme to support companies providing package travel and (...)

The EU Commission approves €24.7 million Italian aid to compensate a national airline company for further damages suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic (Alitalia) Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €24.7 million of Italian support to compensate Alitalia for further damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found €24.7 million of Italian support in favour of Alitalia to be in line with EU State aid rules. This measure aims at (...)

The EU Commission approves amended Member State measures under the Temporary Framework to support the economy after the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Steptoe & Johnson (Brussels)
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Jones Day (Brussels)
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Jones Day (Brussels)
Since the onset of the coronavirus outbreak, the European Commission has adopted a significant number of State aid measures under Article 107(2)b, Article 107(3)b and under the Temporary Framework. The most recent measures adopted to support the economy and companies affected by coronavirus (...)

The EU Commission approves a €270 million Italian measure to support rail freight and commercial passenger operators affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €270 million Italian measure to support rail freight and commercial passenger operators affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €270 million Italian measure supporting both the rail freight sector and the (...)

The EU Commission approves a €146.5 million Austrian State aid scheme to support companies joining a research and innovation project in microelectronics
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €146.5 million Austrian support in favour of companies joining research and innovation project in microelectronics* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, €146.5 million in Austrian support in favour of three companies joining the existing (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves a Norwegian aid scheme for sporting events of national importance Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves Norwegian aid scheme for sporting events of national importance* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved an aid scheme that will provide financial support to voluntary organisations organising sporting events considered to be of national (...)

The EU Commission decides to refer the UK to the Court of Justice for failing to fully recover an illegal State aid
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission refers United Kingdom to European Court for failure to fully recover illegal tax exemption aid of up to around €100 million in Gibraltar* The European Commission has decided to refer the United Kingdom to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failing to fully (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves a financial aid to the Norwegian voluntary sector Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves financial aid to Norwegian voluntary sector* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved an aid scheme that will compensate voluntary organisations for lost income and increased costs arising from COVID-19 containment measures. Norway continues to (...)

The EU Commission approves a French state aid scheme to compensate ski lift operators for damages suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves French scheme to compensate ski lifts operators for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a French scheme with a budget between €140 and €700 million to compensate ski lifts operators for the (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves a Norwegian State aid scheme to help the event industry adjust to prolonged restrictions Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves scheme to help the event industry adjust to prolonged restrictions* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a Norwegian scheme to help event companies overcome pandemic-related challenges. The event industry continues to be strongly impacted (...)

The EU Commission approves Finnish State aid measures of €350 million to support a national airport in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €350 million Finnish support to Finavia in the context of the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, three Finnish measures, with an overall budget of €350 million, to support airport operator Finavia in the context of (...)

The EU Commission approves around €350 million Finnish support to compensate a national airline for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak (Finnair) Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves around €350 million Finnish support to compensate Finnair for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found €351.38 million of Finnish support in favour of Finnair to be in line with EU State aid rules. The measure aims at (...)

The EU Commission approves a €1.1 billion Polish State aid scheme to support companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.1 billion Polish scheme to further support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €1.1 billion (PLN 5 billion) Polish scheme to support companies in various sectors affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was (...)

The EU Commission approves €511 million Italian State aid scheme to compensate commercial rail passenger operators for damages suffered due to the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €511 million Italian scheme to compensate commercial rail passenger operators for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, €511 million in Italian support to compensate providers of commercial, (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves increased compensation to Norwegian businesses Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves increased compensation to Norwegian businesses* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved amendments to a temporary compensation scheme for companies in Norway. This entails stepping up the aid intensity for January and February 2021, including an (...)

The EU Commission approves a €2 billion French State aid scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2 billion French scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a French scheme to support the uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was (...)

The EU Commission approves €39.7 million Latvian measures to recapitalise national airport (Riga International Airport)
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €39.7 million Latvian measures to recapitalise Riga International Airport* The European Commission has approved Latvian plans to grant up to €39.7 million for the recapitalisation of the State Joint Stock Company Riga International Airport (Riga International (...)

The EU Court of Justice sets aside the judgment of the General Court which annuls the Commission’s decision and classifies as State aid the Spanish tax scheme in the football clubs sector (Fútbol Club Barcelona)
European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)
The Court of Justice sets aside the judgment of the General Court by which the Commission’s decision classifying as State aid the tax scheme of four Spanish professional football clubs had been annulled* The action which had been brought by Fútbol Club Barcelona against that decision is (...)

The EU Commission approves a €20 million French State aid scheme with private investors support for companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves French guarantee scheme mobilising up to €20 billion support from private investors for companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a French State guarantee scheme to support the economy in the (...)

The EU Court of Justice further relaxes the standards of review of “aid schemes” and annuls the General Court’s judgment on Spanish football clubs (Fútbol Club Barcelona)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
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Hogan Lovells (Brussels)
On 4 March 2021, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) delivered another interesting judgment (Case C-362/19 P) in the “Spanish football club saga”, which set aside the General Court’s (“GC”) judgment of 26 February 2019, Fútbol Club Barcelona v Commission (Case T-865/16, the “judgment under appeal”), (...)

The EU Commission approves Slovakian State aid rules to support the production of electricity from high-efficient cogeneration installations
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves over €1 billion support for high-efficient cogeneration of electricity and heat in Slovakia* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, Slovak plans to support the production of electricity from high-efficient cogeneration installations (...)

The EU Court of Justice decides that the various components of a tax system form an indivisible whole and the effect they produce differ (Fútbol Club Barcelona)
Maastricht University
“Global” Assessment of Tax Schemes* It is incumbent on the Commission to carry out a global assessment of tax schemes. But it must take into account only those provisions of schemes that apply ex ante and do not depend on the circumstances of individual tax payers. Only when aid has to be (...)

The EU Court of Justice rules that a football club received illegal State aid and sets aside the judgment of the General Court (Fùtbol Club Barcelona)
Free University of Brussels (ULB)
On 4 March 2021, the European Court of Justice ("ECJ") handed down its much awaited judgment in the Fùtbol Club Barcelona ("FCB") case. It set aside the judgment of the General Court. As a result, the European Commission’s decision classifying as State aid a tax scheme that was available to four (...)

The EU Commission approves a €40 million State aid measure to support research and development activities related to COVID-19 in Italy Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €40 million Italian aid measure to support coronavirus related research and development activities* The European Commission has approved a €40 million Italian aid measure to support coronavirus related research and development (R&D) by biotechnology company (...)

The EU Court of Justice confirms that Italian deposit guarantee scheme intervention in support of a bank did not constitute State aid (Banca Popolare di Bari)
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Rome)
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Link Campus University (Rome)
On March 2, 2021, in dismissing the appeal brought by the European Commission against the judgment of the EU General Court in the Tercas case, the EU Court of Justice issued a landmark ruling on the standard of proof for the imputability to the State of support measures granted by private (...)

The EU Court of Justice decides that the measures adopted by a consortium of Italian banks to support one of its members do not constitute State aid (Banca Popolare di Bari)
European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)
The Court of Justice dismisses the appeal brought by the Commission against the judgment of the General Court concerning the measures adopted by a consortium of Italian banks to support one of its members* The General Court rightly found that those measures do not constitute State aid because (...)

The EU Court of Justice rejects the Commission’s appeal concerning alleged aid granted to a bank and clarifies the requirements for the imputability test in the case of private entities (Banca Popolare di Bari)
Hogan Lovells (Brussels)
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Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 2 March 2021, the Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice (“ECJ”) confirmed the judgment of the General Court (“GC”) in Tercas (19 March 2019, Italy and Others v Commission, Joined Cases T-98/16, T-196/16 and T-198/16). The judgments on appeal and at first instance provide important guidance on (...)

The EU Court of Justice rejects the appeal brought by the Commission against the General Court’s decision concerning the measures adopted by Italian banks to support one of its members (Banca popolare di Bari)
Maastricht University
Can the Decision of a Private Entity be Imputed to the State?* Introduction One of the trickiest aspects of determining whether a financial transaction involves State aid is its attribution or imputation to a decision of the state, especially when the entity providing the funding is private. (...)

The EU Court of Justice confirms that support measures adopted by an Italian bank consortium did not constitute State aid (Banca Popolare di Bari)
Ashurst (Brussels)
On 2 March 2021, the European Court of Justice ("ECJ") dismissed in its entirety the European Commission’s appeal against the General Court’s judgment regarding financial support adopted by an Italian consortium of banks for the benefit of one of its members. The General Court found correctly (...)

The EU Commission opens an in-depth investigation to assess whether German plans to compensate lignite-fired power plants for phasing out earlier than foreseen are in line with EU State aid rules
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into compensation for early closure of lignite-fired power plants in Germany* The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether German plans to compensate lignite-fired power plants for phasing out earlier than (...)

The EU Commission approves Danish support for an offshore wind farm under EU State aid rules
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Danish support for Thor offshore wind farm project* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, Danish support for the Thor offshore wind farm project, which will be located in the Danish part of the North Sea. The measure will help Denmark (...)

The EU Commission approves €254M in Romanian aid designed to support the upgrade of the district heating system in Bucharest
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €254 million Romanian aid to support rehabilitation of district heating system in Bucharest The European Commission has approved, under EU State Aid rules, Romanian plans to support the upgrade of the district heating system of the municipality of Bucharest. (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves renewing temporary amendments to Norway’s seafarer tax refund scheme in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves renewing temporary amendments to Norway’s seafarer tax refund scheme* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a renewal of temporary amendments to a Norwegian aid scheme that grants tax and social security contribution refunds. The refunds are (...)

The EU Court of Justice states that the deferral of the payment of taxes introduced by France to support airlines that hold a national license amid the COVID-19 pandemic is consistent with EU law (Ryanair) Free
European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)
The deferral of the payment of taxes introduced by France to support airlines which hold a French licence amid the Covid-19 pandemic is consistent with EU law* That aid scheme is appropriate for making good the economic damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and does not constitute (...)

The EU Court of Justice states that the loan guarantee scheme put in place by Sweden to support airlines holding a Swedish operating licence amid the COVID-19 pandemic and intended to remedy the serious disturbance to the economy of that Member State is compatible with EU law (Ryanair) Free
European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)
The loan guarantee scheme put in place by Sweden to support airlines holding a Swedish operating licence amid the Covid-19 pandemic and intended to remedy the serious disturbance to the economy of that Member State is compatible with EU law* The scheme at issue is presumed to have been adopted (...)

The EU Court of Justice states that the French aid schemes adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic do not infringe competition law in the airline market (Ryanair) Free
Maastricht University
State Aid May be Limited to Undertakings with Close Links with the National Economy (Part II)* Introduction The European Commission acted swiftly to adopt a fairly accommodating and wide-ranging “Temporary Framework” to regulate State aid for the purposes of counter-acting the impact of (...)

The EU Court of Justice dismisses two actions brought by an airline company against the Commission’s approval of State aid schemes supporting airlines holding national licences during the COVID-19 pandemic (Ryanair) Free
Bird & Bird (Brussels)
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Bird & Bird (Brussels)
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Bird & Bird (London)
In May 2020, Ryanair brought two separate actions against the EC approval of a Swedish and a French State aid scheme supporting airlines holding national licences under Article 107(3)(b) TFEU and Article 107(2)(b) TFEU respectively. On 17 February 2021, the General Court dismissed Ryanair’s (...)

The EU General Court hands down two judgments dismissing an airline company’s challenges against decisions by the Commission approving French and Swedish measures to support airlines in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic (Ryanair) Free
Free University of Brussels (ULB)
On 17 February 2021, the General Court handed down two judgments dismissing Ryanair’s challenges against decisions by the European Commission, approving French and Swedish measures to support airlines in the context of the pandemic (Cases T-238/20 and T-259/20). These judgments are the very (...)

The EU General Court rejects actions against the Commission’s decisions on COVID-19 aid schemes in the aviation sector (Ryanair) Free
Hogan Lovells (Brussels)
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Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 17 February 2021, the General Court delivered two important judgments concerning State aid granted by Sweden (T-238/20) and France (T-259/20), respectively, on the basis of the Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak (the “Covid-19 (...)

The EU General Court dismisses the first two challenges to State aid awarded to national airlines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (Ryanair) Free
Covington & Burling (Brussels)
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Covington & Burling (Brussels)
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Allen & Overy (Brussels)
On 17 February 2021, the General Court of the European Union (“General Court”) in Cases T-259/20 and T-238/20 dismissed Ryanair’s challenges to pandemic aid packages introduced in France and Sweden in order to support the domestic airline sector. The judgments are the first ones where the General (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves increased support for the tourism sector in Norway in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 Pandemic: ESA approves increased support for the tourism sector in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a budget increase for the liquidity support grant scheme for businesses in Norway’s tourism sector from NOK 550 million to NOK 850 million. On 6 July (...)

The EU Commission approves €1.4 billion Swedish scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.4 billion Swedish scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved an approximately €1.4 billion (SEK 14 billion) Swedish scheme to support the uncovered fixed costs of companies affected (...)

The EU Commission opens an in-depth investigation into Romanian support measures in favour of national lignite-based electricity producer (CE Oltenia)
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into Romanian support measures in favour of CE Oltenia* The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether Romanian support measures in favour of Complexul Energetic Oltenia SA (‘CE Oltenia’) would be in line with EU (...)

The EU Commission approves €300 million Austrian scheme for package travel organisers and facilitators of linked travel services in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €300 million Austrian scheme for package travel organisers and facilitators of linked travel services in the context of the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €300 million Austrian scheme for package travel (...)

The EU Commission expands for the fifth time the scope of the State aid Temporary Framework to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)
On January 28, the Commission extended and expanded for the fifth time the scope of the State aid Temporary Framework to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak (the “TF”). Based on the January 28 amendment (the “Amendment”), all TF provisions, including recapitalization (...)

The EU Commission adopts 5th amendment to the temporary framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak Free
Hogan Lovells (Brussels)
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Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 28 January 2021, the European Commission (“Commission”) amended the Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak (the “Temporary FrameworK”). Below we outline the most relevant amendments: The application of the Temporary Framework is (...)

The EU Commission decides that incompatible aid was granted by the Estonian Ministry of Rural Affairs to a private company that produces milk, meat, and cereals (Tartu Agro)
Maastricht University
Lease Contracts and Competitive Selection* Introduction After receiving a complaint, the Commission opened a formal investigation into alleged State aid granted by the Estonian Ministry of Rural Affairs to AS Tartu Agro, a private limited company, which produced milk, meat and cereals. (...)

The EU Commission approves €325M public support to provide schools in Italy with high speed internet
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €325 million public support to provide schools in Italy with very high internet speed* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, €325 million of public support to connect 12,000 schools in Italy to very high-speed internet. The schools that (...)

The EU Commission approves €12 billion German umbrella scheme to compensate companies for damages suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €12 billion German umbrella scheme to compensate companies for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found a €12 billion German umbrella scheme (final part of the Novemberhilfe package) to compensate companies for damages (...)

The EU Commission approves €1.9 billion Polish scheme to support companies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.9 billion Polish scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €1.9 billion (PLN 8.6 billion) Polish scheme to support companies operating in certain sectors affected by the coronavirus-outbreak. The scheme (...)

The EU Commission approves €300 million Austrian scheme to support organisers of events affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €300 million Austrian scheme to support organisers of events affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €300 million Austrian scheme to support organisers of events affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The (...)

The EU Commission approves investment aid for Czech orchards and irrigations and opens investigations into national measures in favour of large agricultural companies
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves investment aid for Czech orchards and irrigations; opens in-depth investigations into Czech measures in favour of large agricultural companies* The European Commission has approved two Czech investment aid support schemes for the restructuring of orchards and (...)

The EU Commission approves €202 million Croatian scheme to support companies in the tourism and sports sectors in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €202 million Croatian scheme to support companies in the tourism and sports sectors in the context of coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved an approximately €202 million (HRK 1.525 billion) Croatian State aid scheme to support companies of all (...)

The EU Commission approves €1.25 billion German measure to recapitalize national leisure tourism group (TUI)
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.25 billion German measure to recapitalise TUI* The European Commission has approved German plans to contribute up to €1.25 billion to the recapitalisation of TUI AG (TUI), the parent company of the TUI Group, as part of a wider support package. The measure was (...)

The UK Government and the EU Commission issue a Trade and Cooperation agreement providing a set of substantive and procedural rules on subsidy control
Baker Botts (Brussels)
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Baker Botts (Brussels)
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University of Tilburg
On 24 December 2020, the EU and the UK concluded the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (the “TCA”). The TCA, which is still subject to formal ratification by the EU, has been provisionally applied since 1 January 2021. One of the major issues of contention in the negotiations was to what extent (...)

The EU Commission approves €73 million of Italian support to compensate national airline for further damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak (Alitalia) Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €73 million of Italian support to compensate Alitalia for further damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found €73.02 million of Italian support in favour of Alitalia to be in line with EU State aid rules. This measure aims at (...)

The EU Commission approves €2.9 billion Polish scheme to support micro, small and medium-sized enterprises due to the Covid-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2.9 billion Polish scheme to support micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in context of coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved an approximately €2.9 billion (PLN 13 billion) Polish State aid scheme to support micro, small and medium-sized (...)

The EU Commission approves €120 million Greek support to compensate national airline company for damages suffered due to the Covid-19 pandemic (Aegean Airlines) Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €120 million Greek support to compensate Aegean Airlines for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found a Greek grant of €120 million to Aegean Airlines to be in line with EU State aid rules. The measure aims at compensating the (...)

The EU Commission approves €650 million Polish support to national network airline in context of the Covid-19 pandemic (LOT) Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €650 million Polish support to LOT in context of coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved two Polish measures, for a total of about €650 million (approximately PLN 2.9 billion), to support the airline LOT in the context of the coronavirus (...)

The EU Commission approves €300 million German aid scheme to support the transition to sustainable local public transport
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €300 million German aid scheme to support transition to sustainable local public transport* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €300 million German scheme to support innovative projects aimed at strengthening sustainable local public (...)

The EU Commission issues its State aid guidance on national recovery and resilience plans and makes it clear that all investment projects must comply with State aid rules Free
Jones Day (Brussels)
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Jones Day (Paris)
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Jones Day (Madrid)
In Short The Situation: The European Commission has launched its largest ever stimulus package to support recovery of EU economies from the COVID-19 pandemic’s unprecedented economic and social disruption. Each EU Member State must submit a recovery plan and funding requests for Commission (...)

The EU Commission approves a €900 million Slovenian scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €900 million Slovenian scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a Slovenian €900 million scheme to cover part of the uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the coronavirus (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves €2.58 million compensation to a concert hall and conference center due to the Covid-19 Pandemic
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves ISK 400m compensation to Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved state aid for Harpa aiming to compensate for damages suffered as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has had serious (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves State aid scheme to the Icelandic airport (Keflavík Airport) Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 Pandemic: ESA approves ISK 15 billion in aid to Keflavík Airport* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved an Icelandic measure that will offer damage compensation to Isavia, the operator of Keflavík Airport, by increasing its share capital. Air travel has plummeted in (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves continued and increased support to long-distance bus and passenger boat services in Norway as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 Pandemic: ESA approves continued and increased support to long-distance bus and passenger boat services in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a prolongation of a scheme to compensate losses incurred by operators of long-distance bus and passenger boat (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves aid to a Norwegian metals company to develop green technology for zinc production (Boliden Odda)
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
ESA approves aid to Boliden Odda to develop green technology for zinc production* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved environmental aid to facilitate a project to develop more environmentally friendly and energy efficient processes and technologies for the production of (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves Norwegian compensation scheme for canceled and downscaled large public events as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves Norwegian compensation scheme for cancelled and downscaled large public events* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a scheme offering compensation to organisers and co-organisers of large public events for losses due to the COVID-19 (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves the granting of a state-aid to a cultural venue aiming to compensate for damages suffered as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic (Harpa) Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves ISK 400m compensation to Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved state aid for Harpa aiming to compensate for damages suffered as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has had serious (...)

The Portuguese Supreme Administrative Court gives interpretation to the concept of net creation of jobs within the meaning of State aid rules
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva (Lisbon)
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Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva (Lisbon)
Background & facts of the case The Agriculture and Fisheries Funding Institute (“AFFI”) adopted an act unilaterally modifying a funding agreement entered into with a beneficiary on 14 January 2013 and ordering the reimbursement of € 30,964.78, previously attributed as a non-refundable grant (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority adopts revised emissions trading system State aid guidelines
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
ESA adopts revised Emissions Trading System state aid guidelines* The EFTA Surveillance Authority adopts revised guidelines for assessing state aid for sectors exposed to the European carbon market, the Emissions Trading System (ETS). The guidelines will allow Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway (...)

The EU Commission approves an amended Estonian scheme worth €450M to support the production of electricity from renewable sources
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves amended Estonian scheme worth €450 million to support production of electricity from renewable sources* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, the modification of the existing aid scheme to support electricity production from renewable (...)

The EU Commission approves €55 million German scheme to support the roll-out of infrastructure for mobile communication services in German land of Brandenburg
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €55 million German scheme to support roll-out of infrastructure for mobile communication services in German Land of Brandenburg* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €55 million German aid scheme to support the deployment of (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority clears amendments to the Norwegian trade credit insurance scheme due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA clears amendments to Norwegian trade credit insurance scheme* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved amendments to a scheme ensuring access to trade credit insurance for enterprises with activity in Norway. The changes will align the scheme with (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves continuation of a Norwegian compensation scheme for companies due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves continuation of Norwegian compensation scheme for companies* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today authorised amendments and a prolongation of a temporary compensation scheme for companies in Norway. The updated scheme reflects the continued impact of (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves prolongation of Icelandic travel voucher scheme due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves prolongation of Icelandic travel voucher scheme* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a prolongation of an Icelandic scheme offering digital gift vouchers of ISK 5 000 (approximately EUR 33) to individuals, which can be used to buy services (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves additional aid to Norway’s national airport due to the COVID-19 pandemic (Torp Sandefjord Airport)
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves additional aid to Norway’s Torp Sandefjord Airport* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) today found a Norwegian plan to continue support to Torp Sandefjord Airport to be in line with EEA state-aid rules. The aid will help alleviate the airport’s financial losses (...)

The EU Commission gives green light to the pan-European guarantee fund to enable up to €200 billion of additional financing for companies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in 21 Member States Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission gives green light to the Pan-European Guarantee Fund to enable up to €200 billion financing for companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak in 21 Member States* The European Commission found the creation of a €25 billion Pan-European Guarantee Fund managed by the (...)

The EU Commission approves a €30 billion Dutch scheme to support projects reducing greenhouse gas emissions
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €30 billion Dutch scheme to support projects reducing greenhouse gas emissions* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €30 billion Dutch scheme to support projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Netherlands. The scheme (...)

The EU Commission authorises pan-European guarantee fund for companies affected by the Covid-19 outbreak Free
Hogan Lovells (Brussels)
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Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 14 December 2020, the Commission authorised the creation of a € 25 billion Pan-European Guarantee Fund managed by the European Investment Bank (“EIB”) to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The creation of this Pan-European Guarantee Fund (the “Fund”) was endorsed by the (...)

The EU Commission approves €106.7 million restructuring aid and €30.2 compensation for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak in favour of French airline (Corsair) Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €106.7 million restructuring aid and €30.2 compensation for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak in favour of French airline Corsair* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, two French measures in favour of Corsair, an airline active (...)

The EU Commission decides that a State guarantee can bridge the funding gap of an infrastructure project in the energy sector (ETYFA)
Maastricht University
State Guarantee to an Energy Project* A state guarantee can bridge the funding gap of an infrastructure project. Introduction State aid rules allow energy infrastructure projects to be supported by as much aid as is necessary to bridge their “funding gap”; i.e. the difference between the (...)

The EU Commission concludes that the Portuguese Madeira Free Zone (“Zona Franca da Madeira”) scheme is not implemented in line with approved conditions
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission concludes that the Madeira Free Zone (“Zona Franca da Madeira”) scheme not implemented in line with approved conditions* The European Commission has found that the implementation of the Madeira Free Zone aid scheme (Regime III) in Portugal is not in line with the (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to support scheme for Norwegian tourism sector due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments to support scheme for Norwegian tourism sector* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a prolongation of and amendments to the Norwegian liquidity support grant scheme for businesses in the tourism sector. On 6 July 2020, ESA found (...)

The EU Court of Justice AG Kokott thinks the Commission is right to consider that the Belgian practice of making downward adjustments to the profits of undertakings forming part of multinational groups constitutes an aid scheme (Magnetrol International)
European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)
Tax rulings: According to Advocate General Kokott, the Commission was right to consider that the Belgian practice of making downward adjustments to profits of undertakings forming part of multinational groups constituted an aid scheme* The judgment of the General Court of the European Union to (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to grant scheme for Norwegian traders of package travels due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments to grant scheme for Norwegian traders of package travels* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved amendments to a Norwegian scheme that provides access to liquidity for tour operators offering package holidays. The package-holiday (...)

The EU Commission approves €625 million Italian scheme to support tour operators and travel agencies affected by COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €625 million Italian scheme to support tour operators and travel agencies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €625 million Italian scheme to support tour operators and travel agencies in Italy affected by the coronavirus (...)

The EU Court of Justice AG Kokott suggests annulling the judgment of the General Court and provides guidance on the concept of “aid scheme” in cases of tax rulings (Magnetrol International)
Hogan Lovells (Brussels)
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Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 3 December 2020, Advocate General Kokott delivered her opinion on the appeal brought against the judgment of the General Court in case Belgium and Magnetrol International v Commission (Cases T-131/16 and T-263/16) of 14 February 2019 (the “Judgment under appeal”), which had annulled Commission (...)

The EU Commission approves €20 million voucher scheme to support access to broadband services by students in Greece essential in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €20 million voucher scheme to support access to broadband services by students in Greece* The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules a €20 million voucher scheme to help students in Greece access broadband services and benefit from remote online (...)

The EU Commission approves German “umbrella” scheme to enable capital support to enterprises affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves German “umbrella” scheme to enable capital support to enterprises affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved German plans to set up a scheme under which the German federal and regional authorities can invest through debt and equity (...)

The EU Commission approves Austrian measures to support rail freight and passenger operators affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Austrian measures to support rail freight and passenger operators affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, two Austrian measures supporting the rail freight sector and one measure supporting the rail (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to a compensation scheme for bus and passenger boat services in Norway due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments to a compensation scheme for bus and passenger boat services in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved amendments making it easier for eligible bus and boat service operators to access funding. On 20 July 2020, ESA approved (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves prolonged support to airlines in Norway due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves prolonged support to airlines in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved an amendment and prolongation of the existing guarantee scheme for airline operators facing acute liquidity shortages until 30 June 2021. Air travel has plummeted (...)

The EU Commission approves €120 million Luxembourg scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €120 million Luxembourg scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a Luxembourg State aid scheme to support the uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the coronavirus (...)

The EU Commission approves Austrian ”Fixkostenzuschuss Phase II” scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Austrian ”Fixkostenzuschuss Phase II” scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved the Austrian “Fixkostenzuschuss Phase II” scheme to support the uncovered fixed costs of companies (...)

The EU Commission approves Danish fund to enable €1.34 billion of capital support to large companies affected by COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Danish fund to enable €1.34 billion of capital support to large companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved Danish plans to set up a fund with a target size of up to DKK 10 billion (approximately €1.34 billion) to recapitalise (...)

The EU Commission approves German “umbrella” scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves German “umbrella” scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a German “umbrella” scheme to support the uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme (...)

The EU Commission approves German nation-wide scheme to support the deployment of Gigabit networks in Germany
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves German nation-wide scheme to support deployment of Gigabit networks in Germany* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a German scheme to support the deployment of very high capacity broadband networks offering Gigabit speeds in Germany. (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves prolongation of Norwegian guarantee scheme that ensures access to liquidity for companies due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves prolongation of Norwegian support to businesses* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved amendments to a guarantee scheme in Norway that ensures access to liquidity for companies, including a prolongation of the scheme. On 26 March 2020, ESA (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves Norwegian prolongation of trade credit insurance scheme due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves prolongation of trade credit insurance scheme* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved the prolongation of a scheme ensuring access to trade credit insurance for enterprises with activity in Norway. The scheme aims to ensure access to trade (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves Icelandic schemes to compensate companies suffering income losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves Icelandic schemes to compensate companies* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved two Icelandic schemes that will offer direct grants to companies suffering income losses as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Since the outbreak of the (...)

The EU Commission approves €150M Romanian scheme to support investments in district heating systems based on renewable energy sources
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €150 million Romanian scheme to support investments in district heating systems based on renewable energy sources* The European Commission has approved, under EU State Aid rules, a Romanian scheme to support the construction and/or upgrade of district heating (...)

The EU Commission approves €1.5 billion Dutch scheme to compensate public transport companies for damages suffered due to COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.5 billion Dutch scheme to compensate public transport companies for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a Dutch scheme of around €1.5 billion to compensate companies providing regional and (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves Norwegian renewal of support scheme for cultural events due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves renewal of support scheme for cultural events in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved renewal and amendments of a scheme to cover losses following cancellation and postponement of events. Events across Norway have been cancelled or (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves grant scheme for local broadcasting in Norway
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
ESA approves grant scheme for local broadcasting in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a Norwegian state aid grant scheme to support the digitisation of local TV and radio broadcasters. The main objectives of the scheme are to contribute to media pluralism and (...)

The EU Court of Justice clarifies conditions under which request for de minimis aid can be modified to comply with the ceiling (INAIL / Zennaro)
Hogan Lovells (Brussels)
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Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 28 October 2020, the Court of Justice (“ECJ”) answered a reference for a preliminary ruling from the Consiglio di Stato (Council of State, Italy) concerning the interpretation of Articles 3 and 6 of Regulation (EU) No 1407/2013 of 18 December 2013 on the application of Articles 107 and 108 (...)

The EU Court of Justice clarifies that prices fixed by the State do not necessarily constitute State aid (Eco TLC)
Maastricht University
Attribution to the State does not necessarily Imply Control by the State* Prices fixed by the state do not necessarily confer control to the state over the private resources which are used to pay those prices. Introduction Judging from how many times EU courts have been asked to interpret (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves prolongation of support to airlines in Norway due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves prolongation of support to airlines in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved the extension of the current guarantee scheme for airline operators in Norway until 31 December 2020. Strict containment measures, including travel (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves renewal of Norwegian support to event organizers in the sports and voluntary sector due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves renewal of support to event organisers in the sports and voluntary sector* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved renewal and amendments of a scheme to cover losses following cancellation and postponement of events. Events across Norway have (...)

The EU Commission extends for the fourth time the State aid temporary framework to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)
On October 13, the Commission extended and expanded for the fourth time the scope of the State aid Temporary Framework to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak (the “TF”).. Based on this amendment, all TF provisions are extended until June 30, 2021 while the section on (...)

The EU Commission adopts the fourth amendment to the State aid temporary framework because of the COVID-19 pandemic, making Serbia add recapitalization measures Free
BDK (Podgorica)
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, the Government of Serbia has adopted several state aid measures aimed at helping the economic entities preserve jobs and liquidity. In this respect, the Government took the lead from the European Commission and its measures adopted within the scope of (...)

The EU Commission announces extension of the EU State aid temporary framework in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Baker Botts (Brussels)
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University of Tilburg
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Baker Botts (Brussels)
Prolongs the Regime until 30 June 2021, Allows for Short-term Support for Uncovered Fixed Costs and Adapts Conditions for State Recapitalization Measures The European Commission (‘Commission’) relaxed the strict EU state aid rules and introduced a Temporary Framework (‘TF’) in March 2020 to allow (...)

The EU Commission publishes the fourth amendment to the State aid temporary framework to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Baker McKenzie (Brussels)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Brussels)
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Baker McKenzie (Brussels)
On 13 October 2020, the Commission decided to extend the coverage of the Temporary Framework and prolong it for six months until 30 June 2021, except for the section on recapitalisation support, which was extended for three months until 30 September 2021 (4th Amendment). In March 2020, the (...)

The EU Commission prolongs its State aid temporary framework in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Steptoe & Johnson (Brussels)
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Jones Day (Brussels)
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Jones Day (Brussels)
On 13 October 2020, the European Commission decided to prolong and extend the scope of the State Aid Temporary Framework as follows: Extension of Temporary Framework: All sections of the Temporary Framework are prolonged for six months until 30 June 2021, except the section that enables (...)

The EU Commission approves €1.5 billion Italian scheme to support companies affected by COVID-19 outbreak in Southern Italy Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.5 billion Italian scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak in Southern Italy* The European Commission has approved a €1.5 billion Italian scheme to support companies operating in regions of Southern Italy affected by the coronavirus outbreak, (...)

The EU General Court finds a Spanish ship finance scheme to be illegal State aid (Spain / Lico Leasing / Pequeños y Medianos Astilleros Sociedad de Reconversión)
Zepos & Yannopoulos (Athens)
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Zepos & Yannopoulos (Athens)
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Zepos & Yannopoulos (Athens)
By its renvoi judgement of 23 September 2020, the General Court upheld the 2013 European Commission decision which found that the Spanish tax lease scheme (“the STL system”) allowing shipping companies to benefit from rebates of up to 30% on the price of vessels built by Spanish shipyards (...)

The EU Court of Justice confirms the Commission’s approval of State aid for a nuclear energy plant (Hinkley Point C)
German Ministry of Finance (Berlin)
Hinkley Point C: ECJ Confirms Commission’s Approval of Aid to Nuclear Energy Plant* Months before the prospective final Brexit, the ECJ laid what is in all likelihood the last State aid milestone on the UK’s path out of the European Union – at the same time, the ECJ’s judgment in the „Hinkley (...)

The EU Commission approves a €44 million Italian recapitalization scheme to support large companies affected by COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €44 billion Italian recapitalisation scheme to support large companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved an Italian scheme, with an overall budget of €44 billion, to support large enterprises affected by the coronavirus (...)

The Montenegrin Competition Authority opens investigations into the compatibility with State aid rules of aid granted to an airline company in the view of the COVID-19 pandemic (Lex MA) Free
BDK (Podgorica)
The Montenegrin Agency for Protection of Competition (“Agency“) issued on 3 September 2020 a decision to open a formal investigation procedure into the compatibility with state aid rules of the state aid granted by virtue of the 2019 Law on Investment into Consolidation and Development of the (...)

The EU Commission approves German plans for a Bavarian fund to enable up to €46 billion of liquidity and capital support to enterprises in Bavaria in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Bavarian fund to enable up to €46 billion of liquidity and capital support to enterprises in Bavaria in the context of the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved German plans to set up a €46 billion fund at the level of the German State (Land) (...)

The EU Commission approves Irish loan guarantee scheme mobilizing €2 billion support for companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Irish loan guarantee scheme mobilising €2 billion support for companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved an Irish loan guarantee scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved (...)

The EU Commission approves €2 billion Italian guarantee scheme to support trade credit insurance market in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2 billion Italian guarantee scheme to support trade credit insurance market in the context of the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €2 billion Italian scheme to support the trade credit insurance market in the (...)

The EU Commission approves German aid scheme to support airports affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves German aid scheme to support airports affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a German aid scheme to support airports in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved partially based on Article 107(2)(b) of (...)

The EU Commission approves €6 billion German scheme to compensate public transport companies for damages suffered due to COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €6 billion German scheme to compensate public transport companies for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €6 billion German scheme to compensate companies providing regional and local (...)

The EU Commission approves €665 million Austrian scheme to support non-profit organizations and their related entities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €665 million Austrian scheme to support non-profit organisations and their related entities affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €665 million Austrian scheme to support non-profit organisations (NPOs) and their related (...)

The EU Commission approves €200 million voucher scheme to support access to broadband services by low-income families in Italy
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €200 million voucher scheme to support access to broadband services by low-income families in Italy* The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules a €200 million voucher scheme to help low-income families in Italy access high-speed broadband (...)

The EU Commission approves €840 million German guarantee scheme to protect consumers and support the travel industry in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €840 million German guarantee scheme to protect consumers and support the travel industry in the context of the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a German State guarantee scheme worth €840 million to cover (...)

The EU Commission approves €6 billion Italian schemes to support SMEs affected by COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €6 billion Italian schemes to support SMEs affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved three Italian schemes, with an overall budget of €6 billion, mainly consisting of incentives to the recapitalisation by private investors of small and (...)

The EU Commission approves €10 billion Spanish funds to provide debt and capital support to companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €10 billion Spanish fund to provide debt and capital support to companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved Spanish plans to set up a fund (Solvency Support Fund) with a budget of €10 billion that will invest through debt (...)

The EU Commission approves €866 million Czech scheme to support businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves € 866 million Czech scheme to support businesses affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a CZK 22.9 billion (approximately € 866 million) Czech wage subsidy scheme providing support to enterprises affected by the coronavirus outbreak. (...)

The EU Commission approves €2.6 billion Polish scheme to support companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2.6 billion Polish scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €2.6 billion (PLN 11.5 billion) Polish scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State (...)

The EU Commission approves a scheme to support electricity production from renewable sources in Ireland
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves support for production of electricity from renewable sources in Ireland* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a scheme to support electricity production from renewable sources in Ireland. The measure will contribute to the EU (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves temporary Norwegian rules on asset depreciation due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 Pandemic: ESA approves temporary Norwegian rules on asset depreciation* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a measure by the Norwegian government to stimulate liquidity for businesses by allowing an increased initial depreciation rate for investments in assets (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves compensation scheme for bus and passenger boat services in Norway due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 Pandemic: ESA approves compensation scheme for bus and passenger boat services in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has approved a scheme that will compensate undertakings offering commercial, year round, long-distance bus and boat services for losses incurred on (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves the largest single State aid award it has ever approved by allowing the Norwegian Carbon Capture and Storage project
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
ESA approves Norwegian Full-Scale Carbon Capture and Storage: up to €2.1bn in aid to meet climate goals* The CCS Full-Scale project is a central part of Norway’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and meet the European goal of climate-neutrality by 2050. It is the largest single state aid (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority greenlights amendments and prolongation of Norwegian schemes compensating losses for sport, voluntary and cultural events due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 Pandemic: ESA greenlights amendments and prolongation of schemes compensating losses for sport, voluntary and cultural events* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has approved amendments and prolongation of two schemes for organisers in the culture, sports and voluntary sector in (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amended Norwegian guarantee scheme for airlines due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 Pandemic: ESA approves amended Norwegian guarantee scheme for airlines* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has approved a renewal and amendments of the scheme that will make it feasible for more airline operators to access guarantees to help them through the current crisis. The (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves grant scheme for the private media sector in Iceland due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 Pandemic: ESA approves grant scheme for the private media sector in Iceland* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has approved a scheme that will offer direct grants to private media entities in Iceland to support the media sector in the ongoing pandemic. Since the outbreak of the (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to Norway’s seafarer tax refund scheme due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 Pandemic: ESA approves amendments to Norway’s seafarer tax refund scheme* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has greenlighted amendments to a Norwegian aid scheme granting tax and social security contribution refunds to shipping companies in Norway. The amendments lift refund (...)

The EU Commission starts a process to revise Guidelines on State aid for environmental protection and energy
Baker Botts (Brussels)
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University of Tilburg
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Baker Botts (Brussels)
The European Commission (Commission) recently announced a further step towards its forthcoming review of the State Aid Guidelines for Environmental Protection and Energy (EEAG). These guidelines, that were first adopted in 2014, are a major tool for the Commission to manage how its 27 Member (...)

The EU Commission approves €6.2 billion Italian grants scheme to support small businesses and self-employed affected by COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €6.2 billion Italian grants scheme to support small businesses and self-employed affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €6.2 billion Italian scheme to support small businesses and self-employed affected by the coronavirus outbreak. (...)

The EU Commission approves German fund to enable up to €500 billion of liquidity and capital support to enterprises affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves German fund to enable up to €500 billion of liquidity and capital support to enterprises affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved German plans to set up a fund with a budget of up to €500 billion for providing guarantees and (...)

The EU Commission approves Latvian fund to enable €100 million of liquidity and capital support to large enterprises affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Latvian fund to enable €100 million of liquidity and capital support to large enterprises affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved Latvian plans to set up a fund with a current target size of €100 million that will invest through (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves Norwegian support to the tourism sector due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 Pandemic: ESA approves Norwegian support to tourism sector* Businesses in the tourism sector that have suffered significant losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic can now receive up to EUR 800 000 in direct grants from the Norwegian government. The Norwegian tourism sector provides (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves compensation scheme for the media sector in Norway due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 Pandemic: ESA approves compensation scheme for the media sector in Norway* ESA has approved a scheme that will compensate undertakings in the Norwegian media sector for losses in turnover caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Norwegian economy (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority greenlights Icelandic travel guarantee fund due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 Pandemic: ESA greenlights Icelandic travel guarantee fund* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has approved an Icelandic scheme that provides subsidised loans for package travel traders. The tourism and package travel sector in Iceland is experiencing financial difficulties due to (...)

The EU Commission approves a €30 billion French subordinated loan scheme to support companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €30 billion French subordinated loan scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €30 billion French subordinated loan scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was (...)

The EU Commission approves €7.6 billion Italian tax schemes to support companies and self-employed workers affected by COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €7.6 billion Italian tax schemes to support companies and self-employed workers affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved four Italian aid schemes to support companies and self-employed workers affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The (...)

The EU Commission publishes an overview of the State aid measures approved under the temporary State aid framework since the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Bird & Bird (Copenhagen)
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Bird & Bird (Copenhagen)
On 12 June 2020, the European Commission published an overview of the State aid measures approved under Article 107(2)b TFEU, Article 107(3)b and under the Temporary State Aid Framework since the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak. Following the outbreak of the Coronavirus on 19 March 2020, (...)

The EU Commission approves €3.7 billion Swedish scheme to compensate companies for damages suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €3.7 billion Swedish scheme to compensate companies for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found an approximately €3.7 billion (SEK 39 billion) Swedish scheme that partially compensates companies exposed to large turnover (...)

The EU Commission approves Italian tax measures for maritime transport
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Italian tax measures for maritime transport* The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules the prolongation until end 2023 of various Italian support measures for maritime transport under Italy’s “International Registry” scheme. The scheme encourages (...)

The EU Commission approves Polish recapitalization scheme to enable up to €1.65 billion of capital support to SMEs and large enterprises affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Polish recapitalisation scheme to enable up to €1.65 billion of capital support to SMEs and large enterprises affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a Polish recapitalisation scheme of up to €1.65 billion (PLN 7.5 billion) to (...)

The EU Commission approves €33 million Cypriot scheme deferring payment of VAT to support companies affected by COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €33 million Cypriot scheme deferring payment of VAT to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €33 million Cypriot aid scheme deferring VAT payments to ease the liquidity constraints of companies affected by the (...)

The EU Commission approves €5 billion French “umbrella” scheme to support research and development as well as testing infrastructures and production of COVID-19 relevant products Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €5 billion French “umbrella” scheme to support research, development, testing infrastructures and production of coronavirus relevant products* The European Commission has approved a €5 billion French “umbrella” scheme to support research and development, testing and (...)

The EU Commission approves €1.6 billion Polish scheme to compensate companies for damages suffered due to COVID-19 outbreak and provide liquidity support Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves € 1.6 billion Polish scheme to compensate companies for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak and provide liquidity support* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, an approximately €1.6 billion (PLN 7.5 billion) Polish scheme that (...)

The EU Commission approves €600 million Finnish guarantee scheme to support maritime companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €600 million Finnish guarantee scheme to support maritime companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €600 million Finnish aid scheme to support the maritime companies in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme (...)

The EU Commission approves Lithuanian fund to enable up to €1 billion of liquidity and capital support to medium-sized and large enterprises affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Lithuanian fund to enable up to €1 billion of liquidity and capital support to medium-sized and large enterprises affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved Lithuanian plans to set up a fund with a target size of up to €1 billion (...)

The EU Commission approves Dutch guarantee scheme to stabilise trade credit insurance market in COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Dutch guarantee scheme to stabilise trade credit insurance market in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a Dutch guarantee scheme to support the trade credit insurance market in face of the coronavirus outbreak. (...)

The EU Commission approves €2.2 billion Polish subsidised loan scheme for large enterprises affected by COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2.2 billion Polish subsidised loan scheme for large enterprises affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a Polish subsidised loan scheme to support large enterprisesin the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The measure was approved (...)

The EU Commission approves €8 billion Austrian scheme to compensate companies for damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €8 billion Austrian scheme to compensate companies for damage caused by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found a €8 billion Austrian scheme to compensate companies for damages related to the coronavirus outbreak to be in line with EU State aid (...)

The EU Commission approves €9 billion Italian “umbrella” scheme to support the economy in COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €9 billion Italian “umbrella” scheme to support economy in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €9 billion Italian “umbrella” scheme to support the Italian economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the (...)

The EU Commission approves €18.5 billion Czech guarantee scheme for companies affected by COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €18.5 billion Czech guarantee scheme for companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved an approximately €18.5 billion (CZK 500 billion) Czech scheme for guarantees on loans to support lending to companies with up to 500 employees (...)

The EU Commission approves Danish guarantee scheme to stabilise trade credit insurance market in COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Danish guarantee scheme to stabilise trade credit insurance market in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a Danish guarantee scheme to support the trade credit insurance market in face of the coronavirus outbreak. (...)

The EU General Court provides guidance on the notion of State aid under EU law following action for annulment brought by airline companies against a decision of the Commission finding an Italian aid to be illegal and incompatible with the internal market (Volotea / Germanwings / EasyJet)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 13 May 2020, the General Court delivered three judgments in Cases T-607/17,T-716/17,T-8/18, concerning Volotea, Germanwings and easyJet, respectively (the “Applicants”). These judgments follow actions for annulment brought by the Applicants against a decision of the Commission finding that (...)

The EU General Court reaffirms the Commission’s decision declaring illegal the aid from Italy to several airlines serving Sardinia (Volotea / Germanwings / EasyJet)
General Court of the European Union (Luxembourg)
The General Court dismisses the actions against the Commission decision declaring illegal the aid from Italy to several airlines serving Sardinia* The operators of the Sardinian airports were not the beneficiaries of the aid but merely intermediaries between the Autonomous Region and the (...)

The EU Commission approves €322 million Croatian loan guarantees and subsidised loans scheme for micro, small and medium-sized companies affected by COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €322 million Croatian loan guarantees and subsidised loans scheme for micro, small and medium-sized companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved an approximately €322 million (HRK 2.450 million) Croatian scheme for loan (...)

The EU Commission approves a €25 million Belgian State aid scheme to support COVID-19 related research and development activities in Wallonia Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €25 million Belgian aid scheme to support coronavirus related research and development activities in Wallonia* The European Commission has approved a €25 million Belgian aid scheme to support coronavirus related research and development (R&D) in Wallonia.The (...)

The EU Commission approves €11.5 million Maltese scheme to support investments in the production of COVID-19-relevant products Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €11.5 million Maltese scheme to support investments in the production of coronavirus-relevant products* The European Commission has approved a Maltese aid scheme of €11.5 million to support investments in the production of productsthat are relevant to the (...)

The EU Commission approves €1.5 million Latvian scheme to support companies active in the agricultural sector affected by COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.5 million Latvian scheme to support companies active in the agricultural sector affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €1.5 million Latvian scheme to support companies active in the primary agricultural production sector (...)

The EU Commission approves French guarantee scheme for exporting small and midsize companies affected by COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves French guarantee scheme for exporting small and midsize companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a French guarantee scheme for small and midsize companies with export activities that are affected (...)

The EU Commission approves €10.3 billion UK scheme to support self-employed individuals and members of partnerships during the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves € 10.3 billion UK scheme to support self-employed individuals and members of partnerships during the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a GBP 9 billion (approximately € 10.3 billion) UK aid scheme to support self-employed individuals and (...)

The EU Commission approves €450 million Polish scheme in the form of loans and guarantees to support companies affected by COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €450 million Polish scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €450 million scheme (approximately PLN 2 billion)to support the Polish economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The support measures (...)

The EU Commission approves €500 million Greek scheme to support the self-employed affected by COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €500 million Greek scheme to support the self-employed affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €500 million Greek scheme to support self-employed individuals, including self-employed managers of small companies in sectors affected (...)

The EU Commission approves €650 million Dutch scheme to compensate companies in the floriculture, specialty horticulture, and potato sectors for damage caused by COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €650 million Dutch scheme to compensate companies in the floriculture, specialty horticulture and potato sectors for damage caused by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found a €650 million Dutch scheme that compensates companies in the floriculture, (...)

The EU Commission expands Temporary Framework to a recapitalization and subordinated debt measures to further support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission expands Temporary Framework to recapitalisation and subordinated debt measures to further support the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has adopted a second amendment to extend the scope of the State aid Temporary Framework (...)

The EU Commission authorises State aid measure following the COVID-19 outbreak to help companies cover their immediate liquidity needs through bank loans guaranteed by EU member states Free
Hogan Lovells (Paris)
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Hogan Lovells (Milan)
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Hogan Lovells (Madrid)
The first State aid measures authorized by the European Commission (Commission) following the COVID-19 outbreak were aimed at helping companies to cover their immediate liquidity needs, mainly through bank loans guaranteed by EU Member States. The significant losses incurred by companies as a (...)

The EU Commission approves a €7.3 million Czech scheme to support research and development activities related to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €7.3 million Czech scheme to support research and development activities related to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a CZK 200 million (approximately €7.3 million) Czech aid scheme to support research and development (R&D) activities (...)

The EU Commission approves €314 million Hungarian guarantee scheme to support SMEs active in the agri-food value chain during the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €314 million Hungarian guarantee scheme to support SMEs active in the agri-food value chain during the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a Hungarian scheme to support the agri-food value chain in the context of the coronavirus outbreak, (...)

The EU Commission approves €40 million Finnish direct grant schemes to support companies in the agriculture and fishery sectors affected by COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €40 million Finnish direct grant schemes to support companies in the agriculture and fishery sectors affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved two Finnish schemes, with a total budget of €40 million, to support the agricultural and (...)

The EU Commission approves €10 million Greek direct grant scheme to support companies in the floriculture sector affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €10 million Greek scheme to support companies in the floriculture sector affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €10 million Greek State aid scheme to support the floriculture primary production sector in the context of the (...)

The EU Commission approves a Belgian €250 million subordinated loan scheme to support start-ups, scale-ups, and SMEs affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Belgian €250 million subordinated loan scheme to support start-ups, scale-ups and SMEs affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a Belgian scheme of €250 million, financed by the Flemish region, to support companies in the context (...)