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Lords Committee discusses options for a UK subsidy regime post 2020

12 March 2020

The EU Internal Market Sub-Committee will hold a double evidence session with academics and legal practitioners to explore the opportunities and challenges associated with designing a new subsidy control system for the UK. The Sub-Committee will also discuss how subsidy control policies can support the fight against climate change, as part of an inter-committee piece of work on COP26.


Thursday 12 March, Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster

At 9.35am

  • Doctor Luca Rubini, University of Birmingham

At 10.15am

  • James Webber, Partner, Shearman and Sterling LLP
  • Alexander Rose, Partner, DWF LLP
  • Professor Karen Turner, University of Strathclyde

Topics for discussion

  • The UK Government's recent statements about its intentions for the UKEU negotiations talk not about state aid but about “subsidy control”. What is the significance of this change in language?
  • How can the Government use a domestic state aid or subsidy control policy as a lever to counter climate change and support the “levelling up” agenda?
  • To what extent might the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland constrain the Government's ability to establish an independent subsidy policy?
  • What objectives should the Government pursue in its negotiations with the EU on subsidy control?

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