State aid for Research, Development and Innovation (Extract from Commission note on preparations for the Competitiveness Council of 25 Sep)

September 25, 2006

Brussels, 22nd September 2006

At the invitation of the Finnish Presidency, Competition Commissioner Kroes will brief informally Ministers over lunch concerning preparations for the adoption of a new state aid framework for Research, Development and Innovation. This new framework was announced in the September 2005 Communication on State Aid for Innovation (see IP/05/1169 ) and forms part of the Commission’s new strategy to encourage Member States to focus state aid on projects liable to increase the competitiveness of the European economy, as laid out in the State Aid Action Plan (see IP/05/680 and MEMO/05/195 ). The Commission published a second draft of the state aid framework for Research, Development and Innovation for Member States and other interested parties to comment until 13th October. After receiving and analysing the comments, the Commission intends to adopt the new framework before the end of 2006. For further information see: http://ec.europa.eu/comm/competition/state_aid/overview/sar.html

Item source: MEMO/06/343 Date: 22/09/2006

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