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European Support Unit

Northern Ireland Sustainable Competitiveness Programme 2007 - 2013

For all information relating to the 2007 - 2013 Sustainable Competitiveness Programme please click on the Programme's dedicated website in the link below

2014-2020 ERDF Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme for Northern Ireland

For information related to the 2014-2020 ERDF Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme for Northern Ireland, including it's Operational Programme, please click on the link below:

COSME - Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs 2014-2020

For a brief introduction on COSME, as well as some useful links concerning the Programme, please click on the following link: COSME

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.

If you have any queries regarding State Aid, please contact Stephen Moore on Tel: 028 9052 9415 or e-mail:

State Aid Seminars

BIS - General Block Exemption Guidance 2014