CASE COMMENTS: STATE AID - EUROPEAN UNION - SMES - BLOCK EXEMPTION - REJECTION OF COMPLAINT

Notion of SME: The General Court of the European Union annuls a decision of the European Commission rejecting a complaint for misapplication of a block exemption regulation by finding that it misinterpreted the concept of small and medium-sized enterprises (Kerkosand)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. While the vast majority of new aid schemes (almost 95% according to 2019 figures) are covered by a block exemption regulation, the question of the correct application and interpretation of the provisions of these regulations becomes even more acute. Complaints are thus lodged with the Commission for granting aid in breach of the exemption conditions. Background The Kerkosand case involved regional investment and employment aid which was exempted only if it was granted to a small or medium-sized enterprise. The controversy concerned the interpretation and application of the concept of SME, as a competitor of the beneficiary complained that the beneficiary

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Bruno Stromsky, Notion of SME: The General Court of the European Union annuls a decision of the European Commission rejecting a complaint for misapplication of a block exemption regulation by finding that it misinterpreted the concept of small and medium-sized enterprises (Kerkosand), 9 September 2020, Concurrences N° 4-2020, Art. N° 97654, pp. 189-190

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