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Bram Hoorelbeke is an Associate in Baker McKenzie's Brussels office.

On 13 July 2021, the EU Council of Ministers approved the national recovery and resilience plans (RRPs) of 12 Member States. This means that Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain are now able to tap into the EU recovery and resilience funding. This will allow them to start spending the money on projects and reforms for national economic recovery and resilience, as well as the green transition and digital transformation.

On 13 July 2021, the EU Council of Ministers approved the national recovery and resilience plans (RRPs) of 12 Member States. These Member States are now able to tap into the EU recovery and resilience funding. This will allow them to start spending the money on projects and reforms for national economic recovery and resilience, as well as the green transition and digital transformation.

On 28 January 2021, the Commission amended the Temporary Framework for COVID-19 (“Framework”) again. This 5th Amendment prolongs its application until 31 December 2021. Other changes include increasing aid amounts that the Commission will approve under the Framework and allowing for limited amounts of repayable Framework aid to be converted to grants.

On 13 October 2020, the Commission decided to extend the coverage of the Temporary Framework and prolong it for six months until 30 June 2021, except for the section on recapitalisation support, which was extended for three months until 30 September 2021 (4th Amendment). In March 2020, the European Commission…

On 2 July 2020, the EU Commission for the first time modified the existing substantive State aid exemptions and guidelines to facilitate the grant of State aid in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (see here and here), while at the same time prolonging their validity. It also amended the Temporary Framework for COVID-19 State aid for the third time on 29 June 2020 (see here and here). More information on the Temporary Framework and its earlier amendments is available here [1st Amendment and 2nd Amendment].

Many businesses are increasingly facing severe business disruption and/or liquidity problems as the COVID-19 outbreak spreads. Supply chains are disrupted, workforces quarantined and customer demand is falling. In response, governments across the EU (and the UK) are pledging to do whatever it takes to keep the economy going and help…