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Press release

Brussels, 24 July 2013

State aid: Commission's competition service consults on additional categories for revised General Block Exemption Regulation ('GBER – part II')

Following the adoption of a revised Council Regulation enabling the European Commission to adopt state aid exemptions for additional categories of aid on 22 July 2013 (see IP/13/728), the Commission's competition service consults the public on a first proposal for such additional categories to be included in a revised General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER – part II). This consultation follows a first consultation on the review of the GBER in May 2013 (see MEX/13/0508), which took place before the adoption of the Council Regulation and therefore did not cover the additional categories now proposed. In light of submissions received in the two consultations, the Commission will prepare a consolidated proposal for a revised GBER, on which stakeholders will be consulted again in late 2013. The revision of the GBER is part of the Commission's state aid modernisation (SAM) initiative (see IP/12/458).

In parallel, a prolongation of the validity of the current GBER until 30 June 2014 is proposed.

The GBER (see IP/08/1110 and MEMO/08/482) sets out the conditions under which categories of state aid can be exempted from prior notification to the Commission. Today's draft proposes to include compatibility criteria for the following additional exemption categories in the GBER.

  • making good the damage caused by natural disasters;

  • social aid for transport for residents of remote regions;

  • certain broadband infrastructure;

  • innovation;

  • culture and heritage conservation and

  • sports and multifunctional infrastructure.

The categories concern only areas, where the Commission already has sufficient substantial experience to establish criteria that will limit competition distortions and at the same time pursue objectives of SAM.

The consultation closes on 10 September 2013. Contributions received will be published on the Commission's competition website unless clearly marked as confidential. The proposal is available at:

http://ec.europa.eu/competition/consultations/2013_second_gber/index_en.html

Contacts :

Antoine Colombani (+32 2 297 45 13, Twitter: @ECspokesAntoine)

Maria Madrid Pina (+32 2 295 45 30)


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