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The European Commission has announced plans to prolong for two years (until 2022) seven sets of state aid rules, which would otherwise expire by the end of 2020.

Among these rules, the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER), covering support measures for airports, will be extended.

The extension of such rules is aimed at ensuring predictability and legal certainty. A feedback session will be open until 07 March to allow Member States and stakeholders to contribute to the evaluation.

Furthermore, the Commission has also launched an evaluation – in the form of a fitness check – of the State aid rules part of the State Aid Modernisation package, which comprises the Guidelines on State aid to airports and airlines and the GBER.

The fitness check will assess whether the rules will be prolonged or updated. A feedback session has been opened until 07 March and will be followed by a 12-week public consultation (scheduled for April 2019). The results of the fitness check are expected by the beginning of 2020.

The CPMR General Secretariat will closely follow and monitor the prolongation and evaluation process of state aid rules as part of its work on aviation.