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Section highlightHouses into homes This report details findings to emerge from the evaluation during the first six months of delivery (April to September 2012).
Written Statement - Update on tobacco policy »Standardised packaging of tobacco products and Sub Committees on The Smoke-free Premises etc. (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.Learn more »
National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
On Saturday 25 May, The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth will be host to US radio star, Peter Greenberg.
- Industry and government plan for a healthy future for farming in Wales
- Historic garden is a breakfast TV star
- National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
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Section highlightAccess to information
The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
Sky lanterns: environmental and risk assessment »To establish an evidence base to help any future policy decisions on sky lanterns and helium balloons.Learn more »
- Future management of private water supply pipes
- Amendments to the Motor Vehicle (Competitions and Trials) Regulations 1969 and the Motor Vehicles (Off Road Events) Regulations 1995
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- The future of agricultural statistical data collection methods in Wales
- Consultation - Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (Wales) Regulations 2006 (Amendment) Regulations 2013
- Draft action plan for pollinators
Featured consultation »Implementing the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011
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Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2012-13 »
Proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2012-13, which was published on 26 June 2012.Learn more »
The State aid Rules
Here you will find information and explanations on block exemption regulations, De Minimis regulations, horizontal frameworks and guidelines and sectoral guidelines and regulations.
The purpose of the State aid regime is to prevent governments from giving financial advantage to firms in a way that could distort competition and the European Treaty identifies that as a general principle State aid is incompatible with the common market.
However, not all State aid is deemed to have negative effects and State aid is allowed in certain circumstances. The circumstances where State aid may be deemed to be compatible by the European Commission are set out in the State aid rules, a series of frameworks, guidelines and block exemption regulations.
Block Exemption Regulations
Block exemption regulations set out categories of aid that have already been declared compatible by the Commission. So long as all the terms of the particular regulation are met, there is no requirement to notify the Commission in advance and request approval before awarding aid. However, aid provided under block exemption regulations needs to be registered with the Commission and comply with strict monitoring and reporting requirements. There are currently 2 block exemption regulations in force the General Block Exemption Regulation and the Services of General Economic Interest Block Exemption Regulation.
For more information about the General Block Exemption Regulation view our General Block Exemption Regulation section.
For more information about the Services of General Economic Interest Block Exemption Regulation view the Services of General Economic Interest Block Exemption Regulation pages.
De Minimis Regulation
The De Minimis regulation refers to small amounts of aid that the Commission considers will have no substantial effect on trade and competition between member states. There is no requirement to notify de minimis aid to the Commission. There are however specific administrative requirements that must be met
For more information about de minimis please view our 'de minimis area' on this site.
Horizontal Frameworks and Guidelines
The horizontal rules regulate aid for objectives which apply across the economy and are aimed at solving problems that may arise in any industry and any country. The frameworks and guidelines identify types of aid that are likely to be deemed compatible and approved by the Commission and set out the Commission's views on the meaning of aid for various purposes e.g. risk capital, research, environmental protection etc. Funding under these rules cannot be provided until approval is sought and received from the European Commission. This is done through a notification procedure. For more information about horizontal frameworks and guidelines please view our publications area.
Sectoral Guidelines and Regulations
The sectoral guidelines and regulations set out specific State aid rules and regulations for specific sectors and these take precedence over the horizontal frameworks, block exemption regulations and De minimis Regulation.
The following sectors have special State aid rules:
- Audio-visual (Cinema/TV production and Broadcasting)
- Postal services
Aid awarded under the sectoral rules also requires notification to the Commission.
For more information on the existing sectoral guidelines and regulations view our sectoral guidelines and regulations area.