The Concept of State Aid Under EU Law: From Internal Market to Competition and Beyond

ISBN : 9780198748694

Juan Jorge Piernas Lopez
320 ページ
174 x 240 mm
Oxford Studies in European Law

How has the evolution and transformation of the Common Market affected the legal concept of State aid? How has State aid adapted to the development of the European Union? These questions and more are answered in Juan Jorge Piernas Lopez's examination of the historical, political, constitutional, and economical events that have affected the development of State aid in the EU. Examining three key, interwoven arguments, this book provides a richer understanding of current formulas which depict the concept of aid through the prism of policy and enforcement considerations. First, the book demonstrates that the concept of aid is a 'living instrument' that has been applied in accordance with the main policy priorities of the European Commission. Second, contrary to what has been affirmed in other literature, the evolution of this concept has been influenced by the broader advancement of the case law of the Court of Justice in different periods of the integration process. Third, the author contends that the study of the evolution of the concept of aid in light of policy and case law provides a holistic outlook valuable to the decision making process of difficult cases. In this regard, the book provides criteria to interpret and discuss cases including Sloman Neptun, Philip Morris, and Azores, beyond the analysis traditionally adopted in this field.


1: Introduction 2: Origins of Subsidy Control 3: The Evolution of European State Aid Policy 4: The Notion of Advantage 5: The Notion of Selectivity 6: The Notion of Aid Granted by the State or Through State Resources 7: The Notion of Distortion of Competition and Effect on Trade 8: Case Study: State Aid for Banks During the Financial Crisis 9: The Concept of Aid Under EU Law: From Internal Market to Competition and Beyond Conclusion


Juan Jorge Piernas Lopez is a Doctor of Laws from the European University Institute in Florence (2013). He formerly graduated from Harvard University (LL.M., Harvard Law School 2007), the College of Europe (Master in Advanced European Studies, Natolin, Poland 2005) and the University of Murcia (Law degree, Spain, 2003). Juan Jorge is currently assistant professor of European Union and International law at the University of Murcia and consultant to the World Bank in State aid matters. He previously worked for the international law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, focussing on European Union and Spanish Competition, Trade, and State Aid Law matters (Brussels, 2007-2009), and the European Commission (Stagiare at the Legal Service in 2005 and temporal agent at DG Competition in 2006). Juan Jorge Piernas Lopez has published extensively on International and European Union Law.