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Key Elements of the Revised Guidelines on Regional State Aid

Katrien De Marez, Ana-Maria Pielmus


This article discusses the European Commission’s revised Guidelines on regional State aid, applicable as from 2022, and makes a comparison with the previous rules, highlighting the main differences. It explains the key elements of the revision process and provides background to the establishment of the regional aid maps. Finally, this article provides an overview of the eligibility and compatibility rules for regional aid under those guidelines, including an illustration by way of selected case practice.
Keywords: regional aid; regional aid maps; fitness check; compatibility of aid

Katrien De Marez is Deputy Head of Unit in DG Competition, Unit H1, Infrastructure and Regional Aid; Ana-Maria Pielmus is Case Handler in DG Competition, Unit H1, Infrastructure and Regional Aid. The views expressed are purely those of the authors and may not in any circumstances be regarded as stating an official position of the European Commission.


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