State aid: frequently asked questions


Guide published by BIS answering frequently asked questions about state aid rules such as what state aid is, what the governing rules are, how to spot state aid, why it is necessary to comply with the state aid rules, the role of the European Commission and the consequences of breaching the rules. The guide also provides answers to various detailed queries, covering issues such as services of general economic interest, the relationship between the General Block Exemption Regulation and de minimis aid, the European Commission's reference rate and exchange rates, and the application of the state aid rules to public private joint ventures.