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This economic assessment of EU state aid principles and practises related to the COVID-19 pandemic confirms the clear focus on maintaining the level playing field in the EU single market. Future monitoring and policy fine-tuning, focusing on SMEs, and keeping all Member States involved are the main challenges. Moreover, current policies fail to incorporate a strong focus on broader, strategic policy goals like the green and digital transformation of the European economy or the enhancing of EU firms ...

On 8 January 2019, Banca Carige’s temporary administrators issued a press statement setting out some initiatives they have taken to secure the future of the bank. This briefing contains background information on the case of Banca Carige and links the initiatives taken to respective legal requirements stemming from the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD) and the rules for State Aid (SA).

This paper is part of a series of five studies on mis-selling of financial products in the EU. The paper analyses three important and highly publicised cases of mis-selling of investment products to retail clients, featuring interesting legal particularities: the Citibank case, the Dexia case and the Fortis case. On the basis of this analysis, the paper draws a number of conclusions on the national and EU regulatory framework in respect of investor compensation. This document was provided by Policy ...

State Aid and EU funding: are they compatible?

Analisi approfondita 16-04-2018

State aid involves the transfer of state resources. These are resources which are controlled by public authorities. EU funds which are granted directly to undertakings without coming under the control of a public authority of a Member State cannot be considered to be state resources. However, EU funds channelled through managing authorities become state resources and can constitute state aid if all the other criteria of Article 107(1) TFEU are satisfied.

Competition in Air Transport

Studio 16-04-2018

Competition in the aviation sector pertains to different sets of rules, competition law on the one hand and, given the cross-border interdependencies of transport markets, international rules on the other hand. The workshop aimed to examine the current situation of competition in air transport using the proposed regulation on Safeguarding competition in air transport, repealing Regulation (EC) No 868/2004 as a practical example and starting point for the discussion. The Committee on Economic and ...

As required by the regulation, the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 – the European Union (EU) framework programme (FP) for research and innovation – began in October 2016 with a public consultation to gather feedback from stakeholders three years in. The Commission performed its own mid-term evaluation and asked experts to evaluate the programme's specific instruments. In parallel, the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the advisory committees conducted their own, separate evaluations ...

European Union funding co-managed by Member State authorities is considered to be a state resource that may only be granted in conformity with the rules on state aid. Compliance with both state aid and Structural Funds’ rules appears to be problematic, hence this study identifies the relevant issues in the interface between these two sets of rules and makes proposals to facilitate compliance.

This note, prepared by Policy Department A for the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, summarises the main points presented by the study on Competition policy and an internal energy market with a view to achieve an effectively working internal market in this sector.

Politica della concorrenza

Note tematiche sull'UE 01-11-2017

Il trattato sul funzionamento dell'Unione europea (TFUE) stabilisce agli articoli da 101 a 109 le norme sulla concorrenza nel mercato interno. Tali norme vietano accordi tra imprese che siano restrittivi della concorrenza. Alle imprese che si trovano in posizione dominante è vietato sfruttare abusivamente la propria posizione e in tal modo pregiudicare il commercio tra gli Stati membri. Le fusioni e le acquisizioni di dimensione europea sono controllate dalla Commissione europea e possono, in taluni ...

Aiuti di Stato a finalità regionale

Note tematiche sull'UE 01-11-2017

Gli aiuti di Stato a finalità regionale hanno lo scopo di sostenere lo sviluppo economico e la creazione di posti di lavoro nelle regioni europee più svantaggiate.