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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 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.
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.
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.
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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.