Consultation on de minimis regulation
By Sophie Mosca | Thursday 26 July 2012
The European Commission launched, on 26 July, a consultation on experience with application of Regulation 1998/2006 on de minimis aid, which concerns small amounts of public support measures. The consultation forms part of its state aid modernisation initiative announced last May with the aim of stimulating growth, particularly by facilitating the implementation of well-designed aid measures that can remedy market failures (see
Under this regulation, adopted on 6 December 2000, state aid measures of less than €100,000 per company over a period of three fiscal years are not covered by state aid control and do not need to be notified to the Commission for approval. The de minimis regulation was amended in January 2007 to raise the ceiling to €200,000. It has helped simplify the treatment of aid that is too small to have an impact on competition and trade in the single market.
The consultation is the first stage of a detailed review process undertaken by the Commission to improve simplification of treatment of such aid. The executive will accept submissions from stakeholders (companies, organisations, etc) and public authorities until 18 October on how the regulation has functioned so far. It intends in particular to assess whether the current ceiling is still appropriate.
In light of the comments received, the Commission will draw up a proposal for revision of the regulation by the end of 2013.
The consultation and questionnaire are available at