State aid rules and coronavirus (COVID-19)

On 19 March 2020 the European Commission adopted the Temporary Framework for Covid-19 and on 3 April 2020 adopted an amendment to the Temporary Framework to permit a greater variety of interventions.

EC Covid-19 Temporary Framework

You can find information on the Temporary Framework on the European Commission website.

UK State aid scheme - COVID-19 Temporary Framework for UK authorities

On 6 April 2020 the European Commission approved the UK umbrella scheme to support businesses affected by the Coronavirus outbreak (the Covid-19 Temporary Framework for UK Authorities).

BEIS guidance

The Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has issued guidance which summarises the types of aid allowable under the UK measure. In addition, the guidance contains:

  • a checklist setting out the relevant conditions that must be adhered to when granting aid
  • a template letter to send to recipients of aid to ensure they are eligible to receive support  

If you are considering using the approved UK umbrella scheme to provide State aid cover you must contact the Department for the Economy State aid Unit as soon as possible to discuss the proposal.

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