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"The Policy Revelance of the EU State Aid Rules"

Wishlade, Fiona G. (1997) "The Policy Revelance of the EU State Aid Rules". In: UNSPECIFIED, Seattle, WA. (Unpublished)

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    This paper argues that Commission State aid policy is characterised by a formalism which may be underlining its policy relevance. The definition of a State aid, to the extent that one exists, renders seemingly innocuous policy statements unlawful whilst failing to catch measures that are purposely designed to distort competition. The issuing of numerous aid guidelines acts as a straightjacket on aid instruments across a range of policy areas. These often constrain minute policy details, but none set limits on the overall level of spend. Last, the benefits in terms of transparency which could flow from the existence of these aid guidelines has not been exploited -- the vast majority of Commission decisions are positive and concern aid schemes which it has 'de facto' approved to the extent that they conform with a published framework.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > competition policy
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1997 (5th), May 29-June 1, 1997
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2006
    Page Range: p. 27
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:44

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