On 19 September 2012, the European Commission ("Commission") issued a set of frequently asked questions ("FAQs") on the application of the General Block Exemption Regulation ("GBER"). The FAQs aim at clarifying questions on the application of the GBER that have arisen since it came into force.

The first chapter of the FAQs deals with questions regarding common provisions, such as the GBER's scope, definitions, conditions for exemption, transparency, et cetera. The second chapter contains questions and answers regarding the specific provisions for the different categories of aid, for example regional aid, aid for environmental protection, aid for research and development and innovation, et cetera.