On 23 July 2021, the European Commission adopted an extension of the scope of the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) that will allow Member States to implement certain aid measures without prior Commission scrutiny. The revised rules concern certain EU programmes and the transition to a green and digital economy, even more in the post-coronavirus context.
This exemption from prior notification will allow a fast implementation of such measures where conditions limiting the distortion of competition in the market are met. Complex rules will be simplified, while at the same time preserving competition in the EU market.
In addition to this extension, the Commission has already launched a new revision of the GBER aimed at further streamlining the state aid rules in view of the Commission priorities in relation to the transition to a green and digital economy.