State aid issues in policy making

Guidance on how to take account of state aid issues in policy making.



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.