Last Innovation Policy Workshop

Review of the Framework for State Aid for Research and Development and Innovation

Brussels, 15-16 April 2010

In November 2006, the European Commission adopted the new Community Framework for State for Research and Development and Innovation (2006/C 323/01). In this framework, as well as the Commission maintaining its favourable approach to State Aid to R&D in general, it included measures for innovation for the first time in the framework of State Aid. The innovation measures covered by the framework are aid for:

  • industrial property rights costs for SMEs;
  • young innovative enterprises;
  • process and organisational innovation in services;
  • advisory services and innovation support services;
  • loan of highly qualified personnel;
  • innovation clusters.

The R&D&I State Aid Framework entered into force on 1 January 2007, and a General Block Exemption Regulation was adopted in July 2008. This gives automatic approval for 26 categories of aid measures some of which concern components of the R&D&I Framework.

The general objective of this workshop was to examine experiences of the application of the R&D&I State Aid Framework for innovation measures from the perspective of national administrations / agencies and enterprises (or other beneficiaries). The aim was to explore how well adapted the rules of the R&D&I State Aid Framework actually are to the needs of innovation stakeholders in the Member States. Thus the workshop aimed at gathering experience on developing and implementing schemes under the categories set out in the State Aid framework - especially innovation categories - and including those in the general block exemption. (Therefore, it has not focused on individual notifications.)

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