There are various guidelines relating to granting aid in some sectors which may be in overcapacity or where there may be specific industry issues meaning that some or all activity cannot be assisted using the more common state aid frameworks and guidelines.
In some of these areas the European Commission has either prohibited state aid (other than under specific conditions) or produced specialist guidelines. These take precedence over any other state aid rules. The ‘sensitive’ sectors are as follows:
- Audio-visual Production
- Public Service Broadcasting
- Coal Mining and the Closure of Uncompetitive Coal Mines
- Firms in Difficulty - aid can be granted to firms in difficulty using the new (2013) De Minimis Regulation
- Motor Vehicles
- Synthetic Fibres
There are specific rules attached to various aspects of the Transport sector, as follows:
We have produced three documents to provide advice on prohibitions or restrictions on state aid that can be awarded in certain sectors of industry. Download these from the 'Supporting files' section above.