State aid guidelines

 

The Authority has adopted guidelines on the interpretation of Article 61 EEA. The guidelines codify the approach that will be taken by the Authority in assessing state aid cases. The guidelines are broadly equivalent to the corresponding guidelines, communications and notices adopted by the Commission.

 

State Aid Guidelines (this link downloads the entire document and allows for searching within and printing of the entire document). Last updated: 1.4.2014

PART I    PREFACE
  Introduction
  Legal basis and general provisions
PART II  PROCEDURAL RULES
  Applicable rules for the assessment of unlawful state aid
  Recovery of unlawful and incompatible state aid
  Enforcement of state-aid law by national courts Authority in the state aid field
   Professional secrecy in state aid decisions
   Guidelines on a simplified procedure for treatment of certain types of state aid
   Guidelines on Best Practice for the conduct of state aid control procedures
PART III   HORIZONTAL RULES
  Aid to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMES)
  National regional aid 2007 – 2013 (prolonged until 30 June 2014)
  National regional aid 2014 – 2020 (applicable from 1 July 2014)
  Criteria for an in-depth assessment of regional aid to large investment projects (prolonged until 30 June 2014)
  State aid to promote risk capital investments in small and medium-sized enterprises (prolonged until 30 June 2014)
  State aid to  promote risk finance investments (applicable from 1 July 2014)
  State aid for research and development and innovation (applicable from 9 July 2014)
  State aid for environmental protection and energy (applicable from 16 July 2014) 
  Aid in the context of the greenhouse gas emission allowance trading scheme 2012
  Aid for rescuing and restructuring non-financial undertakings in difficulty
  Criteria for the analysis of the compatibility of state aid for training subject to individual notification
  Criteria for the analysis of the compatibility of state aid for the employment of disadvantaged and disabled workers subject to individual notification
PART IV  SECTOR SPECIFIC RULES
  Methodology for analysing state aid linked to stranded costs
  Rescue and restructuring aid and closure aid for the steel sector
  Aid to maritime transport
  Guidance on State aid to Ship management companies
  State aid to shipbuilding (prolonged until 30 June 2014)
  The application of the state aid rules to public service broadcasting
  Guidelines on State aid to airports and airlines 
  Aid to the aviation sector (1994)
  Financing of airports and start up aid to airlines departing from regional airports (2005)
  Aid to shipbuilding granted as development assistance to a developing country
  State aid for films and other audiovisual works (Applicable from 1 April 2014)
  State aid to cinematographic and other audiovisual works
  Guidelines for state aid for railway undertakings
   Application of state aid rules in relation to rapid deployment of broadband networks
PART V SPECIFIC AID INSTRUMENTS
  State guarantees
  Short-term export-credit insurance
  Application of state aid rules to measures relating to direct business taxation
  State aid elements in sales of land and building by public authorities
PART VI RULES ON PUBLIC SERVICE COMPENSATION, STATE OWNERSHIP OF ENTERPRISES AND AID TO PUBLIC ENTERPRISES
  Compensation granted for the provision of services of general economic interest
  Framework for state aid in the form of public service compensation
  Public authorities' holdings
  Application of state aid provisions to public enterprises in the manufacturing sector
PART VII RULES REGARDING APPLICABLE RATES
  Conversions between national currencies and Euro
 

Reference and Discount Rates

PART VIII TEMPORARY RULES REGARDING FINANCIAL CRISIS
  The application of state aid rules to measures taken in relation to financial institutions
  The recapitalisation of financial institutions in the current financial crisis 
  Temporary Framework for State aid measures
  The Treatment of Impaired Assets in the EEA Banking Sector
  Return to viability and the assessment of restructuring measures in the financial sector in the current crisis under the State aid rules
   Financial crisis Guidelines 2011
   Financial crisis Guidelines 2012
   2013 Banking Guidelines

 

Important note for users

The State Aid Guidelines provided on the Authority's website are a consolidated version of the Authority's official State Aid Guidelines. The Authority cannot guarantee that the online version exactly reproduces the officially adopted text. Occasionally, cross-references between the different chapters of the Guidelines may no longer be relevant, following amendments or deletions of chapters.

For the authentic version of the State Aid Guidelines, the individual chapters of the Guidelines published in the EEA Section of the Official Journal (OJ) of the European Union or the EEA Supplement thereto should be consulted.




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