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Why is state aid such a key matter in UK–EU negotiations?

5 March 2020

One of the EU’s key requests on the level playing field is that the UK should continue to follow EU state aid rules. What is the rationale behind this position, and how might the EU state aid regime change in the coming years to support policy initiatives such as the Commission’s Green Deal? The EU Internal Market Sub-Committee will explore these and other questions with UK and EU-based legal experts.

Witnesses

Thursday 5 March, Committee Room 4a, Palace of Westminster

At 10.15am

  • Professor Andrea Biondi, Professor of EU Law, King’s College London
  • Professor Veerle Heyvaert, London School of Economics
  • George Peretz QC, Monckton Chambers
  • Dr Ulrich Soltész, Partner, Gleiss Lutz

Possible questions:

  • What is the rationale behind the EU’s concerns that the UK might engage in unfair competition with Member States, once it is no longer bound by EU rules on state aid and the environment?
  • What “landing zones”, if any, do you see for the UK-EU negotiations on state aid control? And what objectives should the Government pursue in these negotiations?
  • What are the implications of the state aid provisions in the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland, and how might these provisions operate in practice?
  • How might the new Commission change the EU state aid framework in the coming years, to better support its environmental objectives?

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