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General Block Exemption Regulation (State aid) – consultation

Published on | 8 months ago

Programmes H2020 General   Widening   SME Instrument   ERC   H2020 L+F   MSCA  

On 11 May the  consultation "Targeted review of the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER/State aid): extended scope for national funds to be combined with certain Union programmes" was launched.

Objective: to ensure that national and EU funds can be combined seamlessly under the new Multiannual Financial Framework without undermining competition in the internal market, in 3 areas among which RD&I in Horizon Europe.

Deadline: 06 July 2020.

The explanatory note gives all details.

Other interesting links:

European Commission press release

More information on the 2019 consultation

More information on GBER legislation

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