State Aid in The Netherlands (2021)

Lexology GTDT recently published their State Aid 2021 quick reference guide. This guide contains side-by-side comparison of local insights into state aid, including national policies and track record; relevant national authorities and implementing legislation; national schemes; considerations for aid applicants and for competitors; private enforcement in national courts; state actions to recover incompatible aid; and recent trends. The guide covers 12 European jurisdictions, including the Netherlands.

Our state aid experts Marleen Botman and Georges Dictus provided the chapter on the Dutch jurisdiction. This chapter gives valuable insights on recent developments in the Netherlands by covering 40 key questions on state aid. The full Dutch chapter is available and will be sent after completing the form.

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What can you expect? Please find a selection of the 40 key questions below.

  • Outline your jurisdiction's state aid policy and track record of compliance and enforcement. What is the general attitude towards subsidies in your system?
  • To which national bodies should competitors address complaints about state aid? Do these bodies have enforcement powers, and do they cooperate with authorities in other members states?
  • Which courts will hear private complaints against the award of state aid? Who has standing to bring an action?
  • What is the relevant legislation for the recovery of incompatible aid and who enforces it?
  • What emergency legislation, relief programmes and other initiatives specific to your practice area has your state implemented to address the pandemic? Have any existing government programmes, laws or regulations been amended to address these concerns? What best practices are advisable for clients?

Each of the 40 key questions will be answered thoroughly according to Dutch law.

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Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd. This article was first published in Lexology GTDT – State Aid. For further information, please visit: