Commission adopts Best Practices Code to speed up State aid control

On 16 July the European Commission has adopted a new Best Practices Code for State aid control. The Code provides guidance to the Commission, Member States, businesses and other stakeholders on State aid procedures, to improve their effectiveness, transparency and predictability.

Over the past years, the Commission has implemented State Aid Modernisation, a major reform package which allows Member States to quickly implement State aid that fosters investment, economic growth and job creation, leaving the Commission to focus on high-risk cases, most likely to distort competition in the Single Market. The Best Practices Code is an extention of such efforts to focus and modernise EU State aid rules. It gives guidance on how the Commission, Member States and other stakeholders work together in State aid procedures, more particularly on:

  • how the Commission will be in contact with Member States authorities and provide guidance before State aid measures are formally notified;
  • how Member States authorities can implement measures which are unlikely to distort competition, without formally notifying the Commission;
  • how the Commission and the Member States will work together to facilitate the handling of State aid cases by allowing Member States to indicate the cases that are of high priority for them;
  • how the Commission maintains a network of country coordinators for day-to-day contacts with each Member State to provide immediate support in dealing with any issues;
  • how the Commission works with Member States, including by agreeing how to process novel, complex or urgent cases
  • how the Commission can obtain relevant information directly from relevant public authorities or companies by using market information tools;
  • how the Commission works with Member States on evaluation and monitoring of State aid measures;
  • how complaints about State aid are handled by the Commission following changes in the State aid Procedural Regulation

Communication from the Commission: Code of Best Practices for the conduct of State aid control procedures