State Aid

New bailouts to save France's car industry

New bailouts to save France's car industry

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France's car industry could receive up to €6 million in state aid, following the opening of a bailout fund. The government also announced a €300 million payment to car parts producers from a designated fund at the end of the month.

BMW criticises industry bailouts

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German carmaker BMW says giving state aid to its rivals in Europe and the US is anti-competitive.

DG Comp aims to boost 'real economy'

Premium 18 December 2008

The European Commission announced proposals yesterday aimed at strengthening the ability of governments to support struggling companies - without breaking state aid rules and damaging competition.

Ryanair scores victory at CFI

Premium 17 December 2008

The European Court of First Instance today ruled that Ryanair will not have to repay a €4.5 million subsidy from the Belgian state.

DG Comp approves French banking plans

Premium 09 December 2008

The European Commission has cleared France's plan to inject capital into several banks, and has published guidance on procedures for bank recapitalisation.

Lufthansa to buy Austrian Airlines

Premium 08 December 2008

German airline Lufthansa has agreed to buy Austrian Airlines - the latest deal in the rapidly consolidating global airline industry.

Opinion: competition law in hard times

Premium 08 December 2008

Charles Whiddington and Cathy McKenna at Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP look at how companies and competition authorities are dealing with the global economic downturn.

DG Comp clears Benelux aid to Fortis

DG Comp clears Benelux aid to Fortis

Premium 04 December 2008

The European Commission has approved state aid to rescue and restructure Fortis Bank and Fortis Bank Luxembourg.

France awaits ruling on banking aid

Premium 02 December 2008

France is calling on the European Commission to relax competition rules in the face of the global financial crisis.

DG Comp faces car industry challenge

DG Comp faces car industry challenge

Premium 01 December 2008

General Motors and Ford Motor have asked Sweden's government to provide aid to their Saab and Volvo brands, after a recent speech by European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes which called on European governments to resist requests for aid from carmakers.