The principal aim of this paper is to assess the future of the Regional Aid Guidelines. It begins with a brief overview of wider developments in State aid control and regional aid before exploring the options for reform of the Regional Aid Guidelines post 2013. In looking forward, the paper sets out the impact of reapplying the 2007-2103 Regional AidGuidelines for 2014+. This uses the latest GDP and unemployment data and assumes thatEU27 (rather than EU25) will be taken as the reference point. The outcomes of this exercise call into question whether the existing method can be reapplied.
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