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Anna NYKIEL-MATEO Policy Officer DG COMP A3 27/11/2012 Public Consultation on The General Block Exemption Regulation (the GBER)

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1 Anna NYKIEL-MATEO Policy Officer DG COMP A3 27/11/2012 Public Consultation on The General Block Exemption Regulation (the GBER)

2 General block exemption Regulation (the GBER) - Exemption from the notification obligation - 26 measures in GBER as compared to 10 in -previous BERs – all can be provided to SMEs 2

3 Measures covered by the GBER - Regional aid - SME investment and employment aid - Aid for female entrepreneurship - Aid for environmental protection - Aid for consultancy in favour of SMEs and SME participation in fairs 3

4 Measures covered by the GBER - Aid in the form of risk capital - Aid for R&D&I - Training aid - Aid for disadvantaged and disabled workers 4

5 GBER in 2010 (State Aid Scoreboard 2011) - 66% of all EU newly introduced aid measures were block exempted - 21% of total aid to industry and services amounts granted under the GBER 5

6 Public consultation on the GBER Consultation period from until Target group institutions, public authorities, citizens, companies and organisations

7 The purpose of the public consultation to offer the opportunity to Member States and stakeholders to provide comments in the context of the review of the GBER which expires on

8 Questionnaire » stock taking exercise - questions on: - general GBER policy - use and effectiveness of block exempted aid in different Member States - more detailed questions on the experience with the application of the common and the specific provisions of the GBER

9 Submissions received: - total: 85 - within which 34 from central and regional authorities Replies received are published on DG COMP website: ndex_en.html

10 General conclusions: GBER considered a good instrument due to: - reduction of red tape - raising competitiveness of enterprises and stimulating their growth - increase in investments and employment - increase in legal certainty 10

11 Calls for: - further clarification and simplification, in particular as regards certain definitions, transparency of aid, incentive effect and specific conditions applicable to investment aid - increase in thresholds and aid intensities - inclusion of new aid categories – but some respondents underline the need for a restrictive approach

12 The most used instruments: - grants, loans Very limited use of fiscal measures under the GBER

13 The most used aid categories: - regional aid - aid for R&D&I - aid for environmental protection - aid for consultancy in favour of SMEs - training and employment aid – associations of social enterprises point out the importance of the GBER for aid for disadvantaged and disabled workers

14 GBER review constitutes an important part of State Aid Modernisation (SAM) » SAM Communication of main objectives of the reform: - foster growth in a strengthened, dynamic and competitive internal market - focus enforcement on cases with the biggest impact on the internal market - streamlined rules and faster decisions


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