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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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At least since the recent Court of Justice of the European Union’s judgement on the regional airport of Leipzig/Halle in Germany further implications for financing infrastructure projects have arisen for all member states and stakeholders. At the core of this is the aspect of economic vs. non-economic purpose of an infrastructure.
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.
There is a range of fundamental services that are of major importance to citizens and their everyday life which have to be supplied by public authorities. Providing and financing these services – for instance in the social or transport sectors – needs to be in accordance with European State aid regulations and the provisions for Services of General Economic Interest.
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 aim to prevent public authorities from using public money to support industries or offering unfair incentives.