The Council today adopted a regulation that enables the Commission to exempt two additional categories of national subsidies from the standard checks required under EU state aid rules.
The Commission took a decision to fully enable farmers to receive full compensation for damages caused by protected animals, such as wolves. The investments that farmers will do to prevent such damages, for example building electric fences or acquiring guard dogs, will be also fully reimbursed.
The Commission has found that the non-taxation of certain McDonald’s profits in Luxembourg did not lead to illegal State aid, as it is in line with national tax laws and the Luxembourg-United States Double Taxation Treaty. At the same time, the Commission welcomes steps taken by Luxembourg to prevent future double non-taxation.
The European Commission has adopted a new Best Practices Code for State aid control. The Code provides guidance to the Commission, Member States, businesses and other stakeholders on the day-to-day conduct of State aid procedures, to improve their effectiveness, transparency and predictability.