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Temporary framework for state aid

European scrutiny

The Temporary Framework provides guidance on the types and levels of public funding that EU Member States and the UK may provide to businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, without falling foul of EU state aid rules. Originally introduced on 19 March, the Framework was amended on 3 April to include state aid for COVID-related research and development, and again on 8 May to cover recapitalisations of companies.

We have written to the Government seeking an overall assessment of the Framework from a UK perspective. In particular, we have asked about a requirement, known as ‘undertaking in difficulty’ test, that may be preventing viable UK businesses from accessing some of the aid measures put in place by the Government against the pandemic.

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