Subsidy Control in the UK following the end of the Brexit Transition Period

The EU State aid regime in its current form ceased to be applicable in the UK as at the end of 31 December 2020, when the Brexit transition period expired.  Going forward, State aid or “subsidy control” in the UK will be based on the subsidy control chapter under the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement … Read more

The European Green Deal and its implications for regulation, State aid and competition policy: Do the rules need to change?

This blog post is an adapted version of a briefing paper prepared with the economics consultancy, Oxera, in connection with our joint webinar event on the European Green Deal and its implications for regulation, State aid and competition policy.  The webinar, which will feature speakers from the European Commission, the judiciary and private practice, will … Read more

The European Commission adopts White Paper on how to address foreign subsidies in the EU internal market

On 17 June 2020, the European Commission (“the Commission”) issued a “White Paper on levelling the playing field as regards foreign subsidies” (“the White Paper”), launching a public consultation on a number of ambitious and far reaching possible options and legal instruments to address distortions in the European Union’s (“EU”) internal market resulting from foreign … Read more

European Commission issues Temporary State Aid Framework for COVID-19

On 19 March 2020, the Commission issued a Temporary Framework setting out how it will apply the EU State aid rules with respect to certain types of liquidity support granted by Member States to businesses in order to preserve the continuity of economic activity during and after the COVID-19 outbreak. The EU State aid rules … Read more

COVID-19 and the impact on competition law

The rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, and notably Europe, in recent weeks is placing increasing strain on our economies, in addition to the tragic human impact. Several implications for competition law have already emerged, as indicated (non-exhaustively) below. Competition authorities are hot to respond to price gouging and exploitation allegations Numerous competition authorities … Read more

European Commission presents new industrial policy package

The package of policies, announced on 10 March, aims to be “Making Europe’s businesses future-ready” and to be “A new Industrial Strategy for a globally competitive, green and digital Europe”. Executive Vice-President Vestager summed it up succinctly as a plan “for all, to be green and to be based on fair competition“. It is the … Read more