EGEC welcomes the European Commission’s call to revise its competition policy that will support the successful implementation of the European Green Deal. Our observations and recommendations will focus on State aid control: EU Guidelines for State Aid for Energy and Environmental Protection (EEAG) and the General Block
Exemption Regulation (GBER). The need for revision is indisputable. The current State Aid guidelines were adopted before the Clean Energy Package for all Europeans (2015) and the new priorities set out in the European Green Deal (2019). Furthermore, the EU climate and energy targets are currently being revised as part of the “Fit for 55%” Package and the 2050 climate neutrality target. Given that both – the EEAG and GBER – are crucial instruments in supporting the Member States in their efforts to meet climate and energy targets, there is a need for further adjustment and alignment.