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EU state aid control

Wishlade, F.G. (2006) EU state aid control. In: New Developments in UK and EU Competition Policy. Edward Elgar, pp. 232-261. ISBN 978-1-84542-122-9

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Abstract

The increasing importance attached to the economic and social cohesion of the European Union since the 1980s, and the role of competition policy in achieving this objective, has special significance for the control of regional aids, given the general ban on State aid. Regional aids are considered to have the potential to contribute to economic and social cohesion and to undermine its attainment. The notion of competition policy as an instrument of economic and social cohesion has become a standard part of Commission rhetoric in defence of its actions.