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The EU’s state aid regime is upside down

The European Commission’s approach to state aid is contradicting green recovery ambitions. While the EU recovery programme is focused on the Green Deal, national subsidy schemes are pouring money all across the economy without clear ecological focus, writes Claude Turmes.
Agrifood 14-05-2020

EU agri chief warns against risks of state aid overuse in farming sector

Excessive use of state aid to bail out struggling farmers during the COVID-19 crisis could be a cause for concern for the single market and fair competition in the member states, according to the European Commissioner for agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski.
Economy & Jobs 04-05-2020

Germany’s massive use of state aid could serve as ‘locomotive,’ Vestager says

Germany’s decision to take full advantage of the EU's relaxed state aid rules could be "a locomotive" for Europe but a strong recovery fund is needed to avoid distortions in the internal market, EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager told MEPs on Monday (4 May).
Competition 04-05-2020

Germany gains most from relaxed EU state aid rules

Germany accounts for more than half of the emergency coronavirus state aid approved by the EU executive, prompting concerns that countries with the deepest pockets might be getting an unfair advantage in the bloc's single market.

Questions remain over green aspects of EU recovery plan

EU leaders on Thursday (23 April) tasked the European Commission with drafting a trillion-euro “recovery fund” linked to the EU budget but didn’t specify how it will support the green transition they claim to be committed to.
Competition 17-03-2020

Commission readies ‘crisis scheme’ for state aid approval

The European Commission prepared a temporary framework to fast-track state aid approval as a response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), last used in the aftermath of the financial crisis in 2008.
Economy & Jobs 13-03-2020

Coronavirus ‘very likely’ to push Europe into recession, Commission warns

The European Commission said on Friday (13 March) that the coronavirus COVID-19 will “very likely” push the European economy into recession this year, and warned that the rebound next year will depend on a bold response from member states.
Coronavirus 11-03-2020

EU pledges €25 billion to weather coronavirus impact

EU institutions and member states agreed on Tuesday (10 March) to ease EU spending rules and mobilise at least €25 billion of EU funds to address the economic fallout from the coronavirus.
Economy & Jobs 06-02-2020

This is how Europe is opening the floodgates to ‘green’ money

The European Commission launched on Wednesday (6 February) a consultation with member states, the European Parliament and other stakeholders to review the EU's fiscal rules, the Stability and Growth Pact.
Competition 20-12-2019

Commission ponders state aid review to support ‘Airbus of the future’

The European Commission is considering reviewing its state aid rules to support cutting-edge projects financed by several member states, as requested by national capitals in order to strengthen Europe’s industrial might.
Agrifood 16-09-2019

Agriculture DG loses state aid oversight to boost competition rules

In an unexpected move, Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has decided to move state aid competences in farming and fisheries from two directorates-general, Agriculture and Maritime affairs and fisheries, to DG Competition.
Competition 03-06-2019

French economy ministry wants to overhaul EU competition policies

The French Ministry of Economy wants to change competition practices and trade policy in Europe. Its proposals also aim to tackle new digital conglomerates. EURACTIV France reports.
Brexit 20-08-2018

UK warns of damage to EU without special deal on financial services

The UK has repeated its demands for a post-Brexit agreement on financial services to go way beyond the EU’s current standard with third countries in a new government paper, warning that a ‘hard Brexit’ will damage the EU. The paper...
Electricity 07-02-2018

Brussels muddies waters on state aid for coal power

A European Commission decision on Wednesday (7 February) to approve state aid for emergency power plants – often gas or coal-fired – has been accused of complicating ongoing negotiations in the European Parliament.
Euro & Finance 20-12-2016

Brussels discloses full decision on Apple’s tax schemes

The European Commission released yesterday (19 December) its full decision on Apple's tax arrangements in Ireland. The document reveals the details of the tech giant's tax scheme for the first time in Europe.
Energy 22-11-2016

Leaked memo reveals EU infighting over renewable energy support

EXCLUSIVE / A draft compromise struck between the European Commission and the German government over future support for renewable energies in Europe has come under attack by legal experts in the Commission’s own competition directorate, EURACTIV.com has learned.
Languages & Culture 22-09-2016

Spanish promotion of regional languages did not breach state aid rules

The European Commission cleared Spain on Tuesday (21 September) of any wrongdoing after investigating its granting of public subsidies to regional language schemes. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Margrethe Vestager
Digital 30-08-2016

EU says Apple must repay €13 billion over ‘illegal’ Irish tax deal

The European Commission said on Tuesday (30 August) that US tech company Apple must repay €13 billion in back taxes after ruling that a series of Irish tax deals were illegal.
Euro & Finance 19-05-2016

Portugal seeks exemption from EU state aid rules to help banks

The president of Portugal's central bank wants to mimic what has been done in Italy and has asked for exemption from EU state aid rules so that a mechanism for purchasing non-performing loans can be set up. EURACTIV’s new partner Milano Finanza reports.
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