The State Aid Unit (MoKE) operates since 01.01.2002 within the Centre of International and European Economic Law (CIEEL) in Thessaloniki and provides specialised legal services to all public bodies, in order for them to grant aid which is lawful and compatible with EU State Aid Law.
Moreover, MoKE supports the task of the newly-founded Central State Aid Unit at the Ministry of Finance of Greece (KeMKE), which according to Law no. 4152/2013 is now the competent coordinating authority for State aid. In addition, MoKE supports the tasks of the Decentralised State Aid Units operating within the individual Ministries.
The State aid sector constitutes an essential parameter of the EU Competition Policy. The EU State aid system is based, on the one hand, on the principle that State aid is incompatible with the common market and, on the other hand, on the establishment of a control system, which allows the granting of aid only when it complies with EU law.