State Aid

EU foreign subsidy white paper leaves more questions than answers, lawyers say

EU foreign subsidy white paper leaves more questions than answers, lawyers say

18 June 2020

Competition lawyers have said sweeping proposals to curb anticompetitive foreign subsidies from outside the European Union need more clarification on how the rules will be enforced.

Vestager refuses to pause state aid rules

Vestager refuses to pause state aid rules

01 May 2020

EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has rejected a request from Austrian politicians to suspend European state aid rules during the coronavirus pandemic.

DG Comp official: state aid amendments will “incentivise” coronavirus research

DG Comp official: state aid amendments will “incentivise” coronavirus research

14 April 2020

The European Commission has introduced additional temporary state aid measures so EU member states can more easily fund research, infrastructure and equipment related to potential covid-19 treatments.

DG Comp offers “informal” coronavirus guidance

DG Comp offers “informal” coronavirus guidance

31 March 2020

The European Commission is “ready to guide” companies and lawyers on acceptable cooperation agreements during the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus round-up: Cooperate to “feed the nation”, UK government tells retailers

Coronavirus round-up: Cooperate to “feed the nation”, UK government tells retailers

20 March 2020

As competition authorities around the world continue to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, the EU has announced a temporary framework to streamline state aid to businesses, while the UK and South Africa have relaxed rules on horizontal cooperation

European enforcers step up coronavirus response

European enforcers step up coronavirus response

13 March 2020

Margrethe Vestager has said that the European Commission “will need to do more” to facilitate state aid to countries affected by the coronavirus pandemic, as Italy’s antitrust enforcer is investigating eBay and Amazon over the price of sanitation products.

Flybe rescue is state aid, RyanAir alleges

Flybe rescue is state aid, RyanAir alleges

29 January 2020

RyanAir has joined calls for the UK government to share details of the “billionaire bailout” reportedly granted to failing airline Flybe, claiming any such loan is illegal state aid.

UK Conservative Party plans to scrap EU state aid rules

UK Conservative Party plans to scrap EU state aid rules

29 November 2019

The UK’s Conservative Party has proposed to scrap EU state aid rules and move the country to a new regime based on World Trade Organisation commitments on restricting harmful subsidies.

EU reviews Thomas Cook subsidiary bailout

EU reviews Thomas Cook subsidiary bailout

30 September 2019

The European Commission is considering whether the German government’s anticipated €380 million bailout of Condor Airlines amounts to unlawful state aid.

Starbucks wins and Fiat loses at General Court

Starbucks wins and Fiat loses at General Court

24 September 2019

An EU court has annulled a European Commission decision forcing the Netherlands to recover state aid from Starbucks, but upheld its decision finding that Luxembourg granted unlawful aid to Fiat Chrysler.