State Aid Modernisation: What Remains to Be Done? An Update

Law & Economics workshop organized by Concurrences in partnership with McDermott Will & Emery and OXERA.

Halfway through the State Aid Modernization (SAM), it is clear that this major overhaul of procedural and substantive State aid rules will introduce signifi cant changes to the existing State aid regime. The 40 participants at the roundtable reflected the broad interest in the on-going modernization process. The audience was composed of State aid specialists from companies located in different EU Member States and active in various sectors, professional organizations and public authorities, as well as lawyers from law firms. Following the adoption of the Communication on State Aid Modernization in May 2012, the European Commission launched a number of public consultations. Some texts are already finalized, such as the Regional Aid Guidelines and the Procedural Regulation. For other topics, the public consultations were closed and the final texts are expected soon (such as the Aviation Guidelines). Some public consultations are on-going (such as on the draft Rescue and Restructuring Guidelines) or will be initiated soon (such as on the draft Research, Development and Innovation Guidelines and the draft Environment and Energy Guidelines). The roundtable was therefore a much welcomed opportunity to discuss the current state of SAM with Gert-Jan Koopman, as the top civil servant of the European Commission in charge of SAM, and to refl ect on the modernization. The participants used the roundtable to provide Gert-Jan Koopman with constructive feedback on practical implications of the proposed changes.

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