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New Rules for State Aid for Research, Development and Innovation

‘Not a Revolution but a Silent Reform’

Bernhard von Wendland

In the course of the State Aid Modernisation initiative, EU-rules for State aid for Research, Development and Innovation (R&D&I) have been revised. New legal texts entered into force on July 1st 2014: the new Framework for State aid for Research, Development and Innovation (the Framework) and the new General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER). This article describes the scope of the modifications and discusses new concepts the Commission has introduced in R&D&I State aid rules.
Keywords: Agriculture, Article 107(3)(b) TFEU, Cumulation, Economic activity, Fisheries, GBER, Innovation, Public procurement, Pre-commercial procurement, R&D&I, SAM, Shipbuilding, WTO.

Case Handler, Directorate General Competition, European Commission. The content of this article does not reflect the official position of the European Commission. Responsibility for the information and views expressed lies entirely with the author.


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