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Understanding State Aid Policy in the European Community

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ISBN13: 9789041111845
ISBN: 9041111840
Published: April 1999
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: £127.00

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Why do the member states of the European Union still grant aid and is that aid compatible with the objective of integration which should result in a better allocation of resources? The main purpose of this book is to explain the principles and methods of EC state aid policy in a manner which is both accessible and useful to practitioners and policy makers, by bringing together contributions from Community and national officials, industry representatives and academics.

In particular, it examines both theory on the role and objective of public assistance and practice controlling such assistance.;It also addresses the issue of state aid from economic, legal and administrative perspectives and offers detailed information on the latest practices through case studies. It considers likely future developments in the Community framework of state aid control.

This book identifies major weaknesses in the present system of state aid rules and paves the way for a proper economic analysis of the effects of forty years of state aid policy in the European Community.

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Acknowledgements. List of Contributors. Foreword
I. Corte-Real. Introduction
P. Nicolaides, S. Bilal. Part I: Rules and Procedures: Description and Assessment.
1. State Aid Control: Objectives and Procedures
A. Sinnaeve.
2. State Aid Rules: Do They Promote Efficiency?
P. Nicolaides, S. Bilal.
3. Is State Aid in Decline? Trends of State Aid to Industry in the Member States of the European Union
S. Bilal, R. Polmans.
4. EC Policy on State Aid: Are the Procedures 'User-friendly'? The Rights of Third Parties
P.J. Slot. Part II: The 'Guideline' Mechanism: Horizontal, Sectoral and Regional Guidelines.
5. The Community Framework for State Aid for Research and Development: The Recent Practice of the Court and the Commission
M. N. Muller.
6. Horizontal Guidelines: Do They Facilitate Job Creation? The Example of Employment Subsidies
G. Cox.
7. Do State Aid Guidelines Facilitate Improvements in Competitiveness? The Example of Maritime Transport
A. Guinier.
8. State Aid in the Energy Sector in the EC: The Application of the Market Economy Investor Principle
P.J. Slot.
9. Regional Development Guidelines: Do They Really Help Regional Development? C. Lambarri, E.F. Ezkurdia.
10. Competition Policy, Cohesion and Coherence? Member State Regional Policies and the New Regional Aid Guidelines
F.G. Wishlade. Part III: Future Developments.
11. State Aid Procedures: The Reform Project
A. Sinnaeve.
12. Unequal Twins: Reform of the State Aid Rules under Article 94
C. Ahlborn. Annexes.