*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Although it is of primary interest to undertakings, either as beneficiaries or as competitors of the beneficiaries, State aid law is a component of competition law that is all too often neglected in the teaching of business law in France. The organiser is to be congratulated for having introduced this topic into a reflection on "the changes in company law", all the more so as the colloquium was conceived a year ago at a time when the crisis had not yet reached us. The latter had at least one positive aspect: the existence of this control of state aid with regard to competition law, a particular feature of European Union law, is now known to all. 2. Even
State aid policy, a specificity of European Union law, is at the heart of the current financial and economic crisis. Although such an evolution could not have been foreseen, the review of this policy, in the context of the Lisbon strategy, has been at the heart of the EU Competition Policy Commissioner’s program, Mrs. Neelie Kroes. While her term is about to end, it is time to assess the Action Plan launched in 2005.The most striking evolutions concern both the assessment of aids in a more economic approach and their control where greater efficiency is sought.
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