Guidance aiming to help all those involved at every stage of decision-making in state aid cases, from planning a measure to its implementation. It applies to aid givers in all levels of government, including Regional Development Agencies and non-departmental public bodies. It does not, and cannot, provide a solution for every decision.
It recognises that often the state aid implications of a proposed policy may not be clear cut. It provides an approach taking account both of our obligations under European Union (EU) state aid rules and our domestic policy aims.