EU Commission simplifies state support for certain purposes

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The European Commission adopted on Friday an extension of the scope of the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER), which will allow member-states to implement certain aid measures without prior Commission scrutiny.

The revised rules concern aid granted by national authorities for projects funded via certain EU centrally managed programs under the new Multiannual Financial Framework, known in Greece as ESPA, as well as certain state aid measures that are intended to support the green and digital transition and are, at the same time, relevant to the recovery from the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Exempting such aid from prior notification is a major simplification, which facilitates quick implementation of such measures by member-states, where conditions limiting the distortion of competition in the Single Market are met.

"The new rules will also make it easier for member-states to quickly provide much needed funding in support of a sustainable and resilient rec overy from the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic," said the Commission's executive vice-president for competition policy, Margrethe Vestager.

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