Competition and trade law: Proposal on state aid

United Kingdom

The Commission has tabled a draft Regulation on certain categories of horizontal State aid. Horizontal State aid is aid not directed at a specific company or industrial sector in a particular country or region.

If adopted, the Regulation would enable the Commission to declare certain listed categories of State aid to be compatible with the common market and not subject to the usual notification requirements. These categories of aid are for:


  • small and medium-sized enterprises;
  • research and development;
  • environmental protection;
  • employment and training;
  • export credit insurance covering; and
  • regional aid