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Clear rules and regulations for awards
The basis for granting state aid is laid down in the Lisbon Treaty. It stipulates that State aid must be compatible with the EU single market and must not impede trade between member states or distort competition. The laws on state aid are being constantly revised at both national and European levels and need to be checked permanently.
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The EU provides multiple sources of financing for broadband projects, in form of various EU funds as well as European Investment Bank instruments. In the new programming period, broadband projects are not only supported via European Structural and Investments Fund (ESIF), including EAFRD and through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).
Practitioners in the field of State aid in the agricultural and forestry sectors currently face the challenge of significant changes to the existing legislation. The European Commission has substantially modified the existing State aid rules in these sectors. After a new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) had been agreed on, State aid provisions in this area also had to be adjusted.
The compliance of national funding and EU Funds with EU State Aid Rules is under strict control of the European Commission. State aid officials administering national and European funding in all member states still face difficulties when applying the European Union’s complex system of State aid rules and procedures, which regulate how public authorities use public resources to support organisations involved in business activities.
With the introduction of the new General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) the European Commission has given Member States ample scope when dealing with State aid cases in many areas.
The ESI Funds 2014-2020 offer the possibility to support an operation comprising a series of works, activities or services of a precise economic or technical nature (for which the total eligible costs exceed 50 million Euro) as well as operations contributing to one thematic objective (where the total eligible costs exceed 75 million Euro) such as transport, water, waste and energy projects.