The EU Commission finds that publicly funded advisory and information activities in the dairy sector can constitute State aid (Verband der deutschen Milchwirtschaft)

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The Treatment of Advisory and Information Services under State Aid Rules: The Case of the German Milk Levy* Public funding of advisory and information activities may constitute State aid. Public funding of industry associations may constitute State aid. Introduction An article that was published on this blog in January (view the article here) dealt with the issue of compulsory tests. If tests which are intended to safeguard public health are paid for by the state, is there any State aid problem? The answer is yes. Their purpose cannot remove them from the application of Article 107(1) TFEU. What matters is their compulsory nature. It means that their cost should be borne by the milk producers themselves. This article examines a related case. It concerns Commission decision 2016/290

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