News article State Aid

More clarity about GBER

21 March 2016 State aid, regional policy and structural funds

The European Commission has widened the scope of the existing FAQ document on the application of the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER). This document may offer local and regional authorities more clarity about the GBER. The FAQ will examine all 58 articles of the regulation.

The FAQ document

The FAQ provide support on the application of the GBER to municipalities, Provincial authorities and water authorities, etc. It is suitable tool for anyone looking for answers on questions relating to specific articles. The document e.g. explains the definitions and terminology, in order to provide more clarity on the GBER.

As yet, no Dutch version of the regulation has been published. On the Europa decentraal website, you will find more information on the GBER. If you have any questions on the operation of the GBER, please do not hesitate to contact our Helpdesk.

The possibilities of the GBER

The GBER offers the possibility to provide aid for a large number of categories, without infringing upon the state aid rules. In this way, aid can be made state-aid proof and municipalities, Provincial authorities and water authorities are no longer obliged to notify the aid measure to the Commission. Local and regional authorities increasingly make use of the exemptions under the GBER.

In practice, it may be difficult to verify whether use can be made of the exemptions under the GBER. The regulation is rather extended and can be considered as highly complex. Therefore, the FAQ are a useful document, which may serve as a book of reference.

Europa decentraal provides support with respect to notifications

Europa decentraal supports the State Aid Coordination Point of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations in the execution of its tasks with respect to state aid reports and notifications. Municipalities and Provincial authorities that want to prepare a notification under the GBER, can contact Europa decentraal at all times. Water authorities are referred to the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment.

By:

Paul Zondag, Europa decentraal