European Support Unit
For all information relating to the Northern Ireland Sustainable Competitiveness Programme 2007 - 2013 please access the Programme's dedicated website at the link below:
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.
2014-2020 ERDF Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme for Northern Ireland
Below are links to the Consultation, Consultation response and a current update of the 2014-2020 ERDF Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme for Northern Ireland, which includes a link to the Ex-Ante Assessment of Financial Instruments which has been carried out in preparation for the new Programme.