Where: Brussels, Belgium
Organiser: European Commission
On 5 December, the European Commission will present two proposals as part of its own initiative on State Aid Modernisation to amend two key state aid instruments: the Enabling Regulation and the Procedural Regulation.
The Enabling Regulation allows the Commission to declare certain categories of aid compatible and exempt them from notification to the Commission. In this context, the amendment would allow to exempt new categories of aid, such as aid for culture, innovation or aid in relation to natural disasters.
The Procedural Regulation sets out the rules governing state aid investigations. As announced in the Communication on State aid Modernisation of 8 May 20121, the reform of the state aid procedure mainly focuses on two areas: improving the handling of complaints and ensuring that the Commission obtains complete and correct information from the market.
The Commission indicated in its Communication on State aid Modernisation that state aid enforcement should focus on cases with the biggest impact on the internal market and allow faster decision-making.
Both proposals described above would allow faster decision-making and would allow the Commission to focus its enforcement on what matters most at the EU level. They are thus crucial elements of the State Aid Modernisation package.
On 5 December, the Commission will present the proposals for the Enabling Regulation and the Procedural Regulation as part of State Aid Modernization.
A press release and a memo will be available on the day.