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General Block Exemption Regulation

Council Regulation No 994/98 of 7 May 1998, amended by Council Regulation No 733/2013 of 22 July 2013, enables the Commission to adopt so-called Block Exemption Regulations for State aid. With these regulations, the Commission can declare specific categories of State aid compatible with the Treaty if they fulfil certain conditions, thus exempting them from the requirement of prior notification and Commission approval.

Consolidated version of the GBER

Consolidated text: Commission Regulation (EU) No 651/2014 of 17 June 2014 declaring certain categories of aid compatible with the internal market in application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty

2021 Amendment of the GBER – revision to accompany the new Multiannual Financial Framework and to facilitate certain recovery-related aid measures (“MFF GBER”)
2020 Amendment of the GBER - prolongation
  • Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/972 of 2 July 2020 amending Regulation (EU) No 1407/2013 as regards its prolongation and amending Regulation (EU) No 651/2014 as regards its prolongation and relevant adjustments - Official Journal L 215, 7.7.2020, p. 3–6  
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2017 Amendment of the GBER – extension to ports and airports
Revision of the GBER in the context of the 2014 State aid Modernisation

Enabling Regulation

The Enabling Regulation allows the Commission to block exempt regional aid, aid for research and development (R&D)

Revision of the Enabling Regulation in the context of the 2014 State aid Modernisation

De minimis Regulation

The de minimis Regulation exempts small aid amounts from the scope of EU State aid control because they are deemed to have no impact on competition and trade in the internal market.

Revision of the de minimis Regulation in the context of the 2014 State Aid Modernisation

Procedural Regulation

Revision of the Procedural Regulation in the context of the 2014 State Aid Modernisation

Council Regulation (EU) 2015/1589 of 13 July 2015 laying down detailed rules for the application of Article 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union , OJ L 248, 24.9.2015, p. 9 (which replaces as of 14.10.2015 Council Regulation No 659/1999 of 22 March 1999 laying down detailed rules for the application of Article 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union , OJ L 83, 27.03.1999, p. 1, as amended)

To modernise the Procedural Regulation with regard to complaint-handling and introduce market information tools and sector inquiries in State aid and the  Implementing Regulation as regards the calculation of certain time limits, the handling of complaints, and the identification and protection of confidential information.

Implementing Regulation

  • Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/2282 of 27 November 2015 amending Regulation (EC) No 794/2004 as regards the notification forms and information sheets, OJ L 325, 10.12.2015, p. 1–180
  • Commission Regulation (EU) No 372/2014 of 9 April 2014 amending Regulation (EC) No 794/2004 as regards the calculation of certain time limits, the handling of complaints, and the identification and protection of confidential information, OJ L 109, 12.4.2014, p. 14
  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 1125/2009 of 23 November 2009 amending Regulation (EC) No 794/2004 implementing Council Regulation (EC) No 659/1999 laying down detailed rules for the application of Article 93 of the EC Treaty, as regards Part III.2, Part III.3 and Part III.7 of its Annex I, OJ L 308, 24.11.2009
  • Corrigendum to Commission Regulation (EC) No 794/2004 of 24 April 2004 implementing Council Regulation (EC) No 659/1999 laying detailed rules for the application of Article 93 of the EC Treaty, OJ L 25, 28.1.2005, p. 74
  • Corrigendum of the Corrigendum to Commission Regulation (EC) No 794/2004 of 21 April 2004 implementing Council Regulation (EC) No 659/1999 laying down detailed rules for the application of Article 93 of the EC Treaty OJ L 131, 25.5.2005, p. 45
  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 1627/2006 of 24 October 2006 amending Regulation (EC) No 794/2004 as regards the standard forms for notification of aid OJ L 302, 01.11.2006, p. 10-28 (Amendment concerning the standard forms for notification of regional aid)
  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 1935/2006 of 20 December 2006 amending Regulation (EC) No 794/2004 implementing Council Regulation (EC) No 659/1999 laying down detailed rules for the application of Article 93 of the EC Treaty (New notification forms following adoption of the Community guidelines for State aid in the agriculture and forestry sector 2007 to 2013, published in OJ C 319), OJ L 407, 30.12.2006, p.1
  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 271/2008 of 30 January 2008 amending Regulation (EC) No 794/2004 implementing Council Regulation (EC) No 659/1999 laying down detailed rules for the application of Article 93 of the EC Treaty, Official Journal L 82, 25.03.2008, p.1
  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 1147/2008 of 31 October 2008 amending Regulation (EC) No 794/2004 implementing Council Regulation (EC) No 659/1999 laying down detailed rules for the application of Article 93 of the EC Treaty, as regards Part III.10 of its Annex 1, OJ L 313, 22.11.2008, p. 1
Revision of the Implementing Regulation in the context of the 2014 State Aid Modernisation