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The Concept of “Local Impact” in Cross-Border Regions


Bob Feidt

On 29 April 2015, the European Commission published its decisions on several notified measures, arguing that in none of those cases State aid was involved because the measures were unlikely to have a significant effect on trade between Member States. Although the “local impact” concept, which still needs to be validated by the Court of Justice of the EU, is a welcomed initiative, it raises several questions. Some of these questions come up when applying the “local impact” concept to measures undertaken in cross-border regions. This short opinion piece underlines certain shortcomings of the concept attempting to spark a discussion that could help improve the concept.
Keywords: Interstate Trade; Local Impact; Cross-Border Regions; Catchment Area.

Bob Feidt, Attaché, State aid unit, Ministry of the Economy. The views that are expressed are personal.


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