EU Gives National Gov'ts Bigger Role In State Aid Reviews

Law360, New York (May 17, 2017, 3:54 PM EDT) -- The European Commission moved Wednesday to let national governments provide public support for seaports and airports without seeking prior European Union approval and said it would only look into relatively large government aid to the arts and sports arenas.

The commission, the EU’s executive branch charged with antitrust and state aid enforcement, broadened its general block exemption regulation that allows most kinds of national government support for business to go forward without advance review.

“We are giving flexibility to member states to grant state aid directly,”...
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