E.C. Probes Germany Over Regional Aid

Law360, New York (June 27, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The European Commission has opened a formal investigation of Germany in the wake of the country’s refusal to accept new guidelines for the application of state aid rules to national regional aid.

Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said she was “very pleased” that 24 member states accepted the proposal to end the application of their existing regional aid schemes by the end of 2006 and replace them with adjusted schemes beginning in 2007.

“I regret that Germany could not agree [to the proposal],” she said in a...
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