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Agreement on reforms to EU State Aid Rules secured by Irish Presidency

29.05.2013, 22:48 GMT


The Irish Presidency has today secured agreement among Member States at the EU's Competitiveness Council on a series of key reforms that will modernise state aid rules

Chair of the Competitiveness Council, Irish Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD commented, "We also secured agreement today on key parts of the Commission’s proposals to reform the state aid framework, specifically the existing Procedural and Enabling Regulations. Overall these reforms will help the EU achieve its Europe 2020 Agenda as well as promoting budget consolidation."

"The changes agreed today will ensure more efficient and transparent monitoring of state aid by the Commission, improved data-gathering processes and improved co-operation between the Commission and the Member States’ national courts. The reforms will also enable the Commission to focus on large and potentially distortive state aids, while simplifying the procedures for ‘good aid’."

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Agreement was also reached at the Competitiveness Council on Union Customs Code.

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