The State Aids Unit activity includes:
The members of the State Aid Unit provide a written legal opinion to every written question posed by the Ministry of Economy and Finance or any other public authority that so requests on the manner in which the community state aid rules apply.
Issues on which the State Aid Unit provides a legal opinion are:
if the measure in question constitutes a state aid and thus must be notified to the Commission.
in case the measure in question is a state aid, in what terms it should be drafted so that the Commission can assess its compatibility.
if the measure which constitutes a state aid can be exempted on the basis of the Exemption Regulation so that it does not need to be notified to the Commission.
if a specific provision of a measure under consideration conforms with or infringes provisions of the Treaty, the Guiding Lines, any Exemption Regulation, the de minimis Regulation etc.
how the Commission or the Community Courts interpret notions that are included in the state aid community texts (e.g. the notion of “services of general economic interest” or the concept of public company)
The State Aids Unit
The Ηelp Desk operates daily, from Monday until Friday, from 12:00 until 14:30, and can be reached at 2310-486947.
responds verbally to simple questions, while the formal procedure of written opinion is initiated for more complex questions
provides clarifications on the written legal opinions it has issued
provides useful information on specific provisions of the community state aid legislation
The State Aid Unit
helps the public administration with issues pertaining to the preparation of draft laws, amendments, circulars etc on their compatibility with the community state aids provisions.
participates in meetings of the competent public authorities
submits comments on community law texts sent to the Greek state authorities for consultation
The State Aids Unit has established two electronic data basis:
Training seminars – Events
another for the community and national case-law
on state aids
Organizes and participates in conferences, training seminars etc for the constant training of its members (See Events
The State Aid Unit, in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy and Finance issues practical interpretative guides and collections of legislative texts on state aids (See Publications).
Law Journal – Electronic Data Base
The State Aid Unit, in cooperation with the Public Procurement Unit and the Energy Unit of CIEEL, issues every four months a law journal under the title "DiSKE & Agora".
The journal is published since 2004 and it has been enriched since 2008 with new topics of public economic law: Public Procurement-Construction Law-SGEI – Competition - Market Liberalization – Energy – Transport – Telecommunications - Postal Services – Tax law - Customs Law - Financial law.
In addition, since 2008 the journal is also available electronically, namely its subscribers are granted access to its electronic version (http://www.diske.gr)