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State aid: main condition to ensure competition

1 March 2012

The EU Twinning Project “Strengthening the Enforcement of Competition and State Aid Legislation in Armenia” is continuing to help improve competition and strengthen legal frameworks in Armenia. On 6-7 December 2011 the project held a seminar on competition focusing on the “Main Criteria Constituting State Aid”.
During practical discussions, short term Experts from Germany, Mr. Buesching and Mr. Homann, selected EU competition legislation as a guideline, where an important role is played by state aid, allocated to organisations from the state resources. In this regard, state resources are a wide concept, including both direct provision of grants, and low credit rates exempt from debts and subsidies.
According to experts, there was no clear list of what could be considered as state aid: any measure taken by the state which contributes to the development of enterprises could be considered as such.
The Twinning Project is implemented by the Armenian State Commission for the Protection of Economic Competition jointly with the German Ministry of Economy and Technology, and the Lithuanian Competition Council with a budget of €1,100,000.

State aid: main condition to ensure competition

The EU Twinning Project “Strengthening the Enforcement of Competition and State Aid Legislation in Armenia” is continuing to help improve competition and strengthen legal frameworks in Armenia. On 6-7 December 2011 the project held a seminar on competition focusing on the “Main Criteria Constituting State Aid”. During practical discussions, short term Experts from Germany, Mr. Buesching and Mr. Homann, selected EU competition legislation as a guideline, where an important role is played by state aid, allocated to organisations from the state resources. In this regard, state resources are a wide concept, including both direct provision of grants, and low credit rates exempt from debts and subsidies. According to experts, there was no clear list of what could be considered as state aid: any measure taken by the state which contributes to the development of enterprises could be considered as such. The Twinning Project is implemented by the Armenian State Commission for the Protection of Economic Competition jointly with the German Ministry of Economy and Technology, and the Lithuanian Competition Council with a budget of €1,100,000.