Dear Readers,

Since 2012, when the Commission launched its State Aid Modernisation (“SAM”) reform of aid policy, new regulations have been steadily forthcoming – including, just last week, the adoption of new General Block Exemptions. So, it’s more than timely that this CPI issue brings us up to date on State aid. The first group of papers analyze the new reforms from a variety of perspectives. We then look at where State aid and private mandates intersect, followed by an especially topical question: How will State aid in the financial sector work with the reformed EU Banking Union?

Our last article strays from the topic, but merits being Of Special Interest given how many high-tech mergers authorities are currently analyzing — there are interesting lessons to be gained from a look back at the Google-AdMob merger.

As always, thank you to our great panel of authors.

Sincerely,

CPI Team

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