The BEIS support team can only advise authorities and supporting organisations. If you are a private company, you should seek independent legal advice on how state aid rules may apply. If you are a public body and intend to provide assistance, you should first check whether the aid is likely to be State aid or not. British and EU officials are meeting at a critical time in negotiations on a future free trade agreement. A number of problems could destroy the discussions, but perhaps the most important is state aid. So what is this in this dispute – and can it be resolved? “Under the proposed legislation, the UK Government is free to ignore existing Commission decisions addressed to the UK at the end of the transition period. However, at least under international law, the United Kingdom would be required to comply, at the end of the transitional period, with new decisions of the Commission or the Court of Justice of the EU concerning aid granted by the United Kingdom before the end of the transitional period, if those investigations/cases continue on 31 December 2020 or result from a Commission investigation opened within four years. after the end of the transition period,” Kotsonis said. At the time of the letter, predicting the fate of the exit agreement resembles the prediction of the fate of a small sailboat close to a hurricane: its survival seems seriously doubtful but is by no means excluded. Other possible outcomes seem to be a referendum with the possibility of remaining in the EU, an application for EFTA/EEA membership or a “no deal”. However, what seems to be tolerable is that state aid rules will continue to apply in the UK in one form or another. The guidelines do not replace the original rules and directives.

It is important that you read the EU State Aid Regulations, which are available on the European Commission`s website in conjunction with all the guidelines. Assisted areas are the places where regional aid can be granted under EU law. .