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Is EC State aid policy a competition policy ?

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Stanislas Martin and Christophe Strasse [1], Counsellors at the Permanent Representation of France to the European Union 1. State aid policy has developed in a singular way, somewhat apart from the other branches of Community competition policy. Admittedly, the various articles of the Treaty relating to competition law have a common origin: the German desire, during the 1950s, to promote the implementation in the European Economic Community of a policy aimed at the proper functioning of the price system, at a time when the other States, and France in particular, were quite far removed from this type of concern. This orientation was largely the result of

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Stanislas Martin, Christophe Strassel, Is EC State aid policy a competition policy ?, September 2005, Concurrences N° 3-2005, Art. N° 234, pp. 52-59

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