Understanding how EU Competition policy affects State aids, subsidies and taxes in economic development policy


EU Competition policy

Understanding how EU Competition policy affects State aids, subsidies and taxes in economic development policy

EPRC research focuses on how the use of State aids, subsidies and taxes are affected by EU competition rules. These rules apply across the European Economic Area and concern the actions of all tiers of government and agencies acting for them which provide support for economic development.

EPRC work has focused on different dimensions of State aid control, in particular: what constitutes a State aid and when might tax measures involve State aid? How are regional development policies and assisted area maps constrained by the rules? What structures do Member States have in place to ensure compliance with the State aid rules? When do repayable forms of support (financial instruments) involve aid? How do the State aid rules affect Cohesion policy support for investment and jobs or territorial cooperation?