State Aid

State aid has become an increasingly important part of EU competition law. State aid seeks to provide an equal level playing field for all companies in the internal European market.

Governments may support economic sectors, partnerships of cooperation and individual companies in various ways, such as granting them subsidies or loans.

Not all forms of state aid are permitted. Numerous rules apply when assessing whether a particular form of aid is permissible or not. In addition to European state aid rules, governments are also bound by the Market and Government Act. Under European Union (EU) rules, it is unlawful for EU Member States to provide financial or other assistance to selected companies, without the specific approval of the European Commission (EC). Reporting is not necessary if a so-called block exemption can be invoked. The European Commission has set out the conditions under which these exemptions are permissible for certain groups of measures.

Acting in violation of the prohibition of state aid can have major (financial) consequences for both the provider and the recipient. It is therefore important that the rules are carefully considered when granting or receiving state aid.

Our role in this field is wide-ranging and includes:

  • Assessing whether certain measures are compatible with the applicable state aid rules and regulations;
  • Advising on and making notifications of (group) exemptions;
  • Drawing up contracts and other agreements for both governments and potential beneficiaries that are compatible with the applicable rules and regulations;
  • Assist and provide guidance in the decision-making process and financing of services of general economic interest in the field of state aid and the Market and Government Act;
  • Litigation, including challenging the provision of state aid,  and infringement procedures;

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Het hele team

Paul Kostwinder

Paul Kostwinder is gespecialiseerd in fiscaal- en ondernemingsrecht. Paul adviseert over bedrijfsovernames en samenwerkingen tussen ondernemingen, geschillen tussen aandeelhouders onderling, maar ook over de interne verhoudingen en verhoudingen met toezichthouders (governance en compliance). Ook procedeert Paul in geschillen met de Belastingdienst. Door zijn fiscale achtergrond is Paul zeer goed in staat de financiële en bedrijfskundige gevolgen van juridische keuzes te overzien en cliënten daarover te adviseren.

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Maarten Hemmes

Maarten Hemmes studeerde cum laude af aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen op de specialisaties Privaatrecht en Bedrijfsrecht. Maarten legt zich toe op het terrein van het Insolventierecht. Hij is auteur van het boek ‘Bestuurdersaansprakelijkheid in faillissement’ (2014).

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