19 Oct 2022
Commission adopts revised State aid Framework for research, development and innovation
The European Commission has adopted a revised Communication on State aid rules for research, development and innovation (‘2022 RDI Framework'), which sets out the rules under which Member States can grant State aid to companies for RDI activities, while ensuring a level playing field. The 2022 RDI Framework, which contributes to the EU's strategic objectives relating to the green and digital transitions, has entered into force on 19 October 2022.
The revised RDI Framework includes a number of targeted adjustments to simplify and reflect the experience gained from the application of the 2014 RDI Framework, to reflect regulatory, economic and technological developments, and to align the relevant rules to the current EU policy priorities, such as the European Green Deal and the Industrial and Digital Strategies. In particular, the targeted amendments are as follows:
- Update the existing definitions of research and innovation activities eligible for support under the RDI Framework.
- Enable public support for testing and experimentation infrastructures required to develop, test and upscale technologies.
- Simplify certain rules in order to facilitate the practical application of the RDI Framework and to alleviate possible excessive administrative burden for companies and public authorities.
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