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25th March 2020
Competition & State Aid

Op-Ed: “State Aid in the Time of COVID-19” by Andrea Biondi

While EU national governments are fighting both to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to alleviate its serious economic repercussions, the EU has set in motion a series of initiatives and measures to support its Member States. In particular, the European Commission has been extremely fast in rethinking how existing State aid rules were operating. On 13 March the Commission issued a Communication on the Coordinated economic response to the epidemic and on 19 March it adopted a second Communication establishing a Temporary Framework to assess coronavirus-related State aid schemes in support of national economies.  This Communication – applicable until 31 December 2020 – is primarily aimed at simplifying and shortening State aid procedures,

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