Categories of aid compatible with the common market

The Commission may exempt some categories of State aid from the obligation of notification. This regulation simplifies and consolidates the European Union (EU) regulations for exempted aid. It considerably widens the field of application of the exemptions, improves transparency of aid measures and strengthens the efficiency of inspections.


Commission Regulation (EC) No 800/2008 of 6 August 2008 declaring certain categories of aid compatible with the common market in application of Articles 87 and 88 of the Treaty (General block exemption Regulation) (Text with EEA relevance).


In accordance with Article 107 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) (ex-Article 87 of the Treaty establishing the European Community (TEC)) and Regulation 994/98, the Commission may declare some State aid as being compatible with the common market and exempt it from the obligation to notify laid down in Article 108 TFEU (ex-Article 88 TEC).

This regulation thus defines the criteria for compatibility and the conditions for exemption from the obligation to notify laid down for some categories of State aid, in line with Regulation 994/98/EC.


In order to be exempted from the obligation to notify, the categories of aid concerned must conform to all the conditions in Chapter I of this regulation (specifically they must have an incentive effect and conform to transparency criteria) and the relevant provisions of Chapter II (intensity of the aid, eligible costs, maximum amount of aid). They must, moreover, expressly refer to the provisions of the latter. The categories of aid covered are the following:

Intensity and cumulation of aid

The amount of individual aid * exempted from notification, granted on an "ad hoc" * basis or under a scheme * are limited by fixed thresholds. Beyond these thresholds, individual aid must be notified to the Commission. The regulation also gives details of the intensities * of maximum aid for each category of aid.

Aid mentioned here may be cumulated with any other State aid exempted from notification as long as those aid measures concern different identifiable eligible costs. Nevertheless, aid exempted under this regulation cannot be cumulated with any other aid exempted under this regulation, de minimis aid or with other EU funding for the same eligible costs if this cumulation leads to an intensity or amount of aid which is higher than the thresholds fixed by this regulation.

Transparency and monitoring of aid measures

EU countries shall inform the Commission of the entry into force of an aid scheme or exempted ad hoc aid within twenty working days using the form given in Annex III of the regulation. Moreover, all of the information relating to these measures will be made public.

The Commission will monitor aid measures. It can request access to detailed records including full and detailed information on beneficiaries, conditions of award, eligible costs and the incentive effect of aid. If this information is not communicated, the Commission may adopt a decision making the notification of future aid measures mandatory.


For the purposes of simplification and transparency, this regulation replaces Regulation 70/2001 on aid to small and medium-sized enterprises, Regulation 2204/2002 concerning aid for employment, Regulation 68/2001 on training aid and Regulation 1628/2006 on national regional aid. It shall apply until 31 December 2013.

Key Terms used in the act



Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in Member States

Official Journal

Regulation 800/2008/EC



OJ L 214 of 9.8.2008

See also

Last updated: 17.10.2011