The European Commission (DG COMP) have recently launched two new public consultations on the State aid rules. The consultation is part of a ‘fitness check’, which aims to evaluate whether the State aid rules are still fit for purpose and establish if they have contributed to achieving the EU 2020 policy objectives. In addition, this consultation seeks views concerning the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence, relevance and EU added-value of the State aid rules. The recent fi-compass State aid survey highlighted the importance of State aid to the design of ESIF financial instruments. This consultation allows stakeholders to have their say on issues including the de-minimis rule, GBER and the Risk Finance Guidelines. A link to the consultation can be found here: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/initiatives/ares-2018-6623981/public-consultation_en .
In addition, in order to allow time to complete the ‘fitness check’, the Commission propose to extend the current rules for a further two years ending December 2022. If you want to comment on this proposal, a separate consultation has been launched. A link can be found here: http://ec.europa.eu/competition/consultations/2019_gber_deminimis/index_en.html