At the European State Aid Law Institute Conference on 21 May 2007, the Commissioner for Competition, Neelie Kroes, presented the results of the last two years of work in State aid reforms and announced future initiatives in this field. The Commissioner’s primary concerns are the adoption of the General Block Exemption Regulation and the new guidelines on environmental protection, both scheduled for the end of 2007. At the same time, the Commission’s Guidance Notices on guarantees and reference rates will be updated and a new Guidance Notice on the recovery of unlawful aid will be published. The Commissioner also reported that an internal proposal on best practice guidelines has been finalised and already discussed by the Member States. The Commission is also considering the possibility of checking information provided by Member States concerning new aid by addressing questions directly to competitors or contacting potential beneficiaries.
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