Policy Briefs

P. Nicolaides: State Aid to Combat Covid-19

This paper examines the state aid measures that Member States have implemented to combat the economic effects of covid-19. It also analyses the case law on the options afforded to Member States to grant state aid to compensate companies for the impact of “exceptional occurrences” and “serious economic disturbance”. It outlines the main points of the Temporary Framework that was adopted by the European Commission on 19 March 2020 to facilitate the granting of state aid in response to covid- 19 and assesses that Framework in comparison to the 2008 Temporary Framework following the then financial crisis.

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