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Workshop General Block Exemption Regulation (State aid / staatssteun) for inland ports

05 December 2017

Yesterday University of Groningen, Stijl Advocaten and Stig organised a workshop on the new General Block Exemption Regulation (State aid / staatssteun) of the EU. How does this support port developments and public-private partnershop?

The Commission decided to further expand the GBER to cover investments in ports. It aims at facilitating and providing legal certainty for investments in port, in line with the Commission’s objective to stimulate investment in order to boost growth and job creation.

The proposed new provisions will exempt from prior Commission approval investment in ports (below €50 million). This way, public funding which normally does not pose problems for the internal market can proceed without delay. A particular focus of the new exemptions lies on very small investment in ports (below €5 million for seaports and €2 million for inland ports), for which additional simplifications are proposed.

Audience were the members of the Dutch organisation for Inland ports (NVB).

Spring 2018 a publication on this subject will follow by:

  • prof. dr. mr. J. Langer, professor at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.
  • mr. T.E. Hovius, partner Stijl Advocaten.
  •  ing. A.P. Bakker Msc MRICS, partner Stig∆

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