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Compliance with State aid rules in cohesion policy: A special report of the European Court of Auditors* Introduction On 4 October 2016, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) published a special report 24/2016 on enforcement and compliance with State aid rules in cohesion policy. [1] It is the second time that the ECA has issued a special report on State aid. In 2011, the ECA, in the special report 15/2011, criticised the Commission for not monitoring rigorously enough how Member States implement State aid measures after they are approved by the Commission. The findings of that report must have influenced significantly the aims of the State Aid Modernisation which was launched in 2012 and which sought, among other things, to make State aid more transparent. DG Competition also

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