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Prolongation of and changes to certain State aid rules

Prolongation of and changes to certain State aid rules

EC announced the prolonged validity of certain State aid rules and adjustments to the existing rules to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on companies.

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In a press release issued on 2 July, the European Commission announced that it has prolonged the validity of certain State aid rules. It has also decided to make certain targeted adjustments to the existing rules with a view to mitigate the economic and financial impact of COVID-19 on companies.

To this end, the Commission has adopted a new Regulation and published a Communication which:

a) prolong by one year (until 2021) the following rules which would otherwise expire in 2020:

b) prolong by three years (until 2023) the following rules which would otherwise expire in 2020:

 c) adjust the current rules;

  1. to allow companies which entered into difficulties as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, and which would not, under existing rules, be able to receive certain types of aid, to remain eligible to receive aid under the GBER and other sets of rules (namely the Guidelines on regional State aid for 2014-2020, the Framework for State aid for research and development and innovation, Guidelines on State aid for environmental protection and energy and IPCEI Communication), for a set period of time during and after the crisis.
  2. to ensure that job losses that a company may incur due to the COVID-19 pandemic would not be considered as a relocation. Thus such companies which have received regional investment aid falling under GBER would not be in breach of their commitments previously undertaken.

SGEI (services of general economic interest) de minimis Regulation

The SGEI de minimis Regulation is a framework for supporting the delivery of public services to citizens. The EU Commission has recently proposed to prolong by three years such Regulation, which would otherwise expire in 2020, and to allow undertakings that entered into difficulty because of the COVID-19 outbreak to remain eligible for this type of aid for a limited period of time.

Should you have any queries or wish to discuss further, please send an email to covid@kpmg.com.mt.

Prolongation of and changes to certain State aid rules

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