Position papers / overview / detail
Sep 19, 2013
Response to consultation on State aid
In the context of the European State aid reform the Commission proposes to block exempt cultural services from the notification obligation. Therefore, the category of culture is now included in the draft general block exemption regulation (GBER II).
Pearle* welcomes the Commission initiative. However, the proposal gives cause for concern in the performing arts sector, as thresholds for annual operating costs are too low. Many cultural institutions would still have to notify their aids to the Commission and there would be a lack of legal certainty for the sector.