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Guidelines for State aid to SMEs

Community guidelines on State aid for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), adopted by the Commission on 20 May 1992, are now published in the Official Journal of the European Communities. Topics covered include:

Introduction; definition of SME; applicability of State ai...
Community guidelines on State aid for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), adopted by the Commission on 20 May 1992, are now published in the Official Journal of the European Communities. Topics covered include:

Introduction; definition of SME; applicability of State aid rules; generally acceptable intensities of aid for SMEs; aid for general investment; aid for environmental protection investment; aid for consultancy help, training and dissemination of knowledge; aid for R&D (aid of up to 10 percentage points higher than that allowed for large firms may be authorized for SMEs under national R&D aid schemes, as provided for in the guidelines for R&D aid published in OJ No C 83 of 11.4.1986); aid for other purposes; accelerated clearance procedure for SME aid schemes; notification, existing authorizations, duration and review of guidelines.

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