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Section highlightThe People’s NHS Part of an initiative to engage the public in creating a safe and sustainable health service for the future.
Spreading the word »Action on the ground to increase learning materials in the medium of Welsh.Learn more »
First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
People from across Wales with an interest in the Welsh language are being asked to take action on its future in a national online conversation.
- Local Government Democracy Bill approved
- Minister welcomes report which could change shape and structure of education delivery in Wales for the better
- First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
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- Health and social care
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- Improving public services
Welsh languageWelsh-language technology and digital media action plan
The action plan sets out our commitment to drive developments in the field of Welsh-language technology and digital media.Learn more »
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Section highlightAccess to information
The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
The Strategy for Older People in Wales 2013-2023 »The 3rd phase focuses on ensuring that older people in Wales have the resources to deal with the challenges and opportunities they face.Learn more »
- A new vision for a National Youth Work Strategy
- The future delivery of education services in Wales
- Consultation on Draft Technical Advice Note (TAN) 23 Economic Development
- Draft industrial and commercial sector plan
- Waste Prevention Programme
- Building Control system and Approved Document supporting regulation 7
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Section highlightIndex of Planning Policy Guidance for Wales
Our land use planning policy guidance is set out in two core documents, "Planning Policy Wales" and "Minerals Planning Policy Wales".
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
Infrastructure Investment Case Studies »
Examples of infrastructure investment projects funded by the Welsh Government across Wales.Learn more »
The State aid Rules
Here you will find information and explanations on block exemption regulations, De Minimis regulations, horizontal frameworks and guidelines and sectoral guidelines and regulations.
The purpose of the State aid regime is to prevent governments from giving financial advantage to firms in a way that could distort competition and the European Treaty identifies that as a general principle State aid is incompatible with the common market.
However, not all State aid is deemed to have negative effects and State aid is allowed in certain circumstances. The circumstances where State aid may be deemed to be compatible by the European Commission are set out in the State aid rules, a series of frameworks, guidelines and block exemption regulations.
Block Exemption Regulations
Block exemption regulations set out categories of aid that have already been declared compatible by the Commission. So long as all the terms of the particular regulation are met, there is no requirement to notify the Commission in advance and request approval before awarding aid. However, aid provided under block exemption regulations needs to be registered with the Commission and comply with strict monitoring and reporting requirements. There are currently 2 block exemption regulations in force the General Block Exemption Regulation and the Services of General Economic Interest Block Exemption Regulation.
For more information about the General Block Exemption Regulation view our General Block Exemption Regulation section.
For more information about the Services of General Economic Interest Block Exemption Regulation view the Services of General Economic Interest Block Exemption Regulation pages.
De Minimis Regulation
The De Minimis regulation refers to small amounts of aid that the Commission considers will have no substantial effect on trade and competition between member states. There is no requirement to notify de minimis aid to the Commission. There are however specific administrative requirements that must be met
For more information about de minimis please view our 'de minimis area' on this site.
Horizontal Frameworks and Guidelines
The horizontal rules regulate aid for objectives which apply across the economy and are aimed at solving problems that may arise in any industry and any country. The frameworks and guidelines identify types of aid that are likely to be deemed compatible and approved by the Commission and set out the Commission's views on the meaning of aid for various purposes e.g. risk capital, research, environmental protection etc. Funding under these rules cannot be provided until approval is sought and received from the European Commission. This is done through a notification procedure. For more information about horizontal frameworks and guidelines please view our publications area.
Sectoral Guidelines and Regulations
The sectoral guidelines and regulations set out specific State aid rules and regulations for specific sectors and these take precedence over the horizontal frameworks, block exemption regulations and De minimis Regulation.
The following sectors have special State aid rules:
- Audio-visual (Cinema/TV production and Broadcasting)
- Postal services
Aid awarded under the sectoral rules also requires notification to the Commission.
For more information on the existing sectoral guidelines and regulations view our sectoral guidelines and regulations area.