Do the Commission’s procedures ensure effective management of State aid control?
Special Report No 15, 2011
The Commission has overall responsibility for State aid control (Articles 107-108 TFEU). EU Member States are required to notify all planned State aid measures to the Commission and to obtain the Commission’s approval before implementing them. This special report examines whether the Commission’s procedures ensure effective management of State aid control. The Court found that the Commission has insufficient assurance that it deals with all relevant State aid cases. There is no legal basis for a systematic review of Member States’ procedures and control systems other than the principle of... cooperation. State aid procedures take a long time. Complaints in particular lack transparency. In the field of State aid control the Commission reacted promptly to the financial crisis. It has not yet assessed the ex post impact of its activities in a comprehensive way. The Court makes recommendations with an aim to improving the Commission’s procedures and management effectiveness.