The Modernisation of State Aid for Economic and Social Development

  • Bruno Nascimbene
  • Alessia Di Pascale

Part of the Studies in European Economic Law and Regulation book series (SEELR, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. A New Institutional Framework for State Aid Control

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Nicola Pesaresi, Rodrigo Peduzzi
      Pages 17-42
  3. Policy Areas

About this book


This book analyses the recent modernisation of EU State aid law from various perspectives, and considers both substantive and procedural aspects. It also discusses the reasons for, and the goals and future implications of the modernisation programme, including the evolution of the concept of State aid. The ambitious reform programme was launched in 2012 and has now been almost fully implemented by virtue of the adoption of new rules of procedure in July 2013, and exemption in June 2014. The book highlights the main aspects of this sector reform, which include the Commission’s change of attitude towards so-called positive aid, i.e. those able to promote economic growth, and the intention to focus on matters of greater systematic extent. These objectives also imply a third aspect: increasing the intensity of the control powers conferred on the Commission with regard to that aid that prove to be harmful to competition and the internal market. The book also examines the greater responsibility given to States for self-assessment of their economic policy measures, and explores the resulting impact on, and challenges posed to the administrations of the Member States. The book’s second part is devoted to the application State aid rules in the area of services of general economic interest, with a special focus on aid in the field of social health and infrastructure.


Modernization of State aid Economic and social development Economic challenges in the EU Notion of State aid Economic approach to the control of State aid Competition impact assessment National competition authorities Economic interest Financing infrastructures State aid and the EU strategy for economic growth EU State aid policy Broadband infrastructure financing Energy and environment Social services Treaty of Rome Articles 101 and 102 TFEU Articles 107 and 108 TFEU Europe 2020 agenda European Integration Modernization of State aid for economic and social development

Editors and affiliations

  • Bruno Nascimbene
    • 1
  • Alessia Di Pascale
    • 2
  1. 1.University of MilanMilanItaly
  2. 2.Faculty of LawUniversity of MilanMilanItaly

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