The European Commission has issued a set of guidelines to assist Member States' courts in applying EU State aid rules. These new guidelines have the purpose of (i) providing guidance, based on the EU Courts’ jurisprudence, on issues such as the protection of individual rights, the recovery of illegal aid, interim relief and damages actions; and (ii) providing national courts with support mechanisms such as a means of asking the Commission for information and/or its opinion on the application of the State aid rules.

This new notice, replacing the Commission’s 1995 notice on cooperation with national courts, aims to facilitate actions challenging illegal aid before national courts.