MAY-14(2)

In this issue: 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 issue brings us up to date on State aid. The first group of papers […]

The Modernization Process of EU State Aid Law: “The Search for the Right Balance Between State Intervention and the Invisible Hand”

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Stefano Grassani, May 28, 2014 One of the distinct and unique features of European antitrust law is (and has always been since its enactment in 1957) that the rules on restraints of trade and monopolization are complemented by a set of provisions, as […]

State Aid Modernisation – Trying to Do More With Less

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Hilary Jennings, May 28, 2014 Nevertheless, the SAM reforms mark a shift in approach. The new and revised regulations and guidelines seek to provide wider exemptions and focus on the most distortive aid. The focus has also shifted from ex-ante to ex-post control, […]

Developments in EU State Aid Law

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Till Muller-Ibold, May 28, 2014 State aid is a broad concept, covering advantages (anything over and above what a functioning market would bear) granted by any State entity to specific beneficiaries. Such aid requires prior Commission approval, otherwise it may have to be […]

Commissioner Almunia’s State Aid Modernization Project – Taking Stock

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Ulrich Soltész, May 28, 2014 Over the last few years many attempts have been made to modernize the European State aid rules, such as the ambitious “State Aid Action Plan” of Commissioner Kroes and the various ideas put forward by her predecessors Monti […]

The State as a “Mere Vehicle” for Aid? Or How the CJEU Has Opened the Door to Uncontrolled (Pseudo) Fiscal State Aid Measures

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Albert Sanchez Graells, May 28, 2014 In its Judgment of May 30, 2013 in Doux Élevages and Coopérative agricole the Court of Justice of the European Union carried on with its line of case law in Pearle and Others by stressing that, according to Article […]

Apps, Ads, and Antitrust: A Retrospective on Google’s Purchase of AdMob

This article is part of a Chronicle. See more from this Chronicle Justin Bernick, Logan Breed, May 28, 2014 Google announced its acquisition of AdMob in November 2009 when the “mobile revolution” had just begun. Since then mobile device use has exploded. One in five people worldwide now own a smartphone, and more people worldwide […]