14 mai 2021

The European Commission’s new role in controlling foreign subsidies

EU proposal to tackle distortions of competition by foreign subsidies

Following the 17 June 2020 release of its White Paper on ensuring fair conditions of competition on subsidies from foreign countries (COM(2020) 253 final) and an expansive consultation process with stakeholders, on 5 May 2021 the European Commission published a proposal for a regulation on foreign subsidies that distort the Internal Market.

This Proposal aims to complement existing Union instruments with new tools to effectively deal with distortions in the Internal Market caused by foreign subsidies and ensure a level playing field.

  • Subject matter and scope: “Distortive foreign subsidy”
  • A regulatory tool made of three pillars
  • Scope of investigative and decisional powers of the Commission
  • Remedies
  • Timeframe
  • What is next?

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