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For all information relating to the Northern Ireland Sustainable Competitiveness Programme 2007 - 2013 please access the Programme's dedicated website at www.eucompni.gov.uk
[ 03-10-2007 ] WHAT IS STATE AID?
State aid is a specific term which relates to forms of assistance, from a public body, or publicly-funded body, or body under public sector control, given with the potential to distort competition and affect trade between member states of the European Union. The 'state aid rules' encompass various European regulations, frameworks, articles and guidelines. The European Commission governs Member States' compliance with these rules and must be notified of all schemes involving state aid. State aid granted without Commission approval is viewed as unlawful.
This report is an update of progress that has been achieved on Information Society activity supported through the Structural Funds in Northern Ireland under the 2000-2006 programming period.