EU State Aid
State Aid Disputes and Investigations
In today's interconnected global economy, fair competition is essential to promote market efficiency and ensure a level playing field for businesses. In the European Union (EU), the concept of state aid is of great importance for the regulation of all economic activities in the Member States. State aid is any financial or material advantage granted by the state that may distort competition in the EU's internal market.
EU state aid law aims to prevent unfair advantages granted by EU Member States to certain companies or industries. Such advantages can be direct subsidies, tax breaks, guarantees, preferential loans or even the provision of goods and services at reduced prices. The main objective of EU state aid rules is to maintain fair competition by ensuring that no company or industry receives an unfair advantage over others in the EU single market.
Bluebrick Chambers' EU state aid practice focuses in particular on state aid investigations and litigation. When companies become the subject of state aid proceedings initiated by the European Commission or are hurt as a result of illegal subsidies granted to competitors, we use our many years of experience and intimate knowledge of procedural law to assist them in responding to requests for information and defending their interests before state authorities, administrative courts, and the Union Courts in Luxembourg.