21.02.2012 - Consultation on the revision of the European Union rules on Regional state aid.


Public authorities, citizens, companies and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Period of consultation: from 24.01.2012 to 26.04.2012

Objective of the consultation

As a derogation to the general prohibition to grant aid the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) provides that state aid to promote regional development can, under certain conditions, be considered compatible with the internal market pursuant to Articles 107(3)(a) or (c) of the TFEU. The compatibility criteria to be fulfilled as regards such aid are defined by the European Commission and laid down in different texts: One of the main goals of the European Year 2012 is to reverse the idea that older persons are a burden on society. As Europeans live longer and healthier lives, governments are looking for ways to involve older persons more in society and to keep them active; these changes could result in economic benefits for society as a whole, while at the same time promoting the physical, mental, and social well-being of older members of society.

The demographic changes that are likely to be experienced across the EU in the coming decades also present an opportunity for the development of new products and services that are geared to the needs of older people. There is the potential for a wide range of new technologies to be developed that could allow older people to stay autonomous and live longer in their own homes, to transform the delivery of care, or to personalise services in response to patients’ needs.

The European Year 2012 is designed to raise awareness of these issues, identify and publicise good practices, while encouraging policymakers and stakeholders (at all levels of governance) to promote active ageing. Without further institutional and policy changes, demographic change could potentially impinge on inter-generational solidarity, as working populations are increasingly asked to pay for the needs of an expanding group of older persons.

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Reference documents:
Regional Aid
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Reference documents:
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