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EC embarks on ambitious state aid reform program

 |  May 8, 2012

The European Commission has set out an ambitious state aid reform program in the adoption of a Communication on State Aid Modernisation (SAM). The SAM lists three objectives:


  • Foster growth in a strengthened, dynamic and competitive internal market
  • Focus enforcement on cases with the biggest impact on the internal market
  • Streamlined rules and faster decisions

To accomplish these goals, the Commission proposes to revise the State aid guidelines, beginning with the guidelines on Regional Aid, Research & Development & Innovation, Environmental aid, Risk Capital and Broadband. The Block Exemption Regulation and the Council Enabling Regulation are also to be revised, and procedures for handling complaints will be modernized.

Full content: EC Press Release


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