The European Commission has adopted a new Code of Best Practices for the conduct of State aid control procedures. This Code replaces the Notice on a Code of Best Practices adopted in 2009 and integrates the Simplified Procedure Notice of 2009.
The Commission has implemented a major reform package, State Aid Modernisation (SAM), to focus its State aid control on measures which genuinely affect competition in the Internal Market, while at the same time simplifying and streamlining rules and procedures in recent years. Together with the continuing efforts to focus and streamline EU State aid rules and procedures, the Code provides guidance to the Commission, Member States, businesses and other stakeholders on the day-to-day conduct of State aid procedures, to improve their effectiveness, transparency and predictability.
The Best Practices Code explains how State aid procedures are carried out, and sets out the steps the Commission is taking to increase the speed, transparency and predictability of these procedures. In particular, it includes guidance on:
Sources: The Commision
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