• Publication frequency quarterly
  • approx. 100 pages
  • ISSN 1619-5272
  • Language English

    Issue 1/2019 – State Aid Case Law in Evidence

    The European State Aid Law Quarterly enters 2019 with fresh insights on the field and many lessons from the previous year. The ghost of Brexit is still looming, uncertain of where to haunt, and we take a look at what may happen with Brexit, the EEA and the EU State aid Rules; staple concepts are still fostering debate, as we see in the case of Engie and Selectivity, and FIH, the MEOP and Previous State Aid; plus a comprehensive analytic comparison of China’s Fair Competition Review System to EU State Aid Control.

    Check our expert annotations on Joined Cases T-554/15 and T-555/15 Hungary v Commission and Joined Cases C-622/16 P to C-624/16 Montessori. We also feature a note on the Commission Decision on State Aid case SA.38454 on the PAKS II nuclear power station in Hungary.

    Starting in this issue, EStAL will publish a quarterly Summary of all State Aid jurisprudence from the CJEU, briefly highlighting the major aspects of each judgment rendered by the Curia. We begin with a complete overview of cases from 2018.

    In our News from the Member States section, we report on the latest developments in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the EEA-EFTA States and France.

    Read also an account of the most important State Aid event of 2018, the European State Aid Law Institute’s traditional Autumn Conference on European State Aid Law, organized by Lexxion.


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About EStAL

The European State Aid Law Quarterly (EStAL) was launched in 2002 as the first pan-European journal dedicated to State aid law. Over the last 15 years, the law journal has been known for closely monitoring the reforms, changes and overall developments in the world of State aid and becoming the primary point of reference for academics, policy-makers and practitioners.

Aims & Scope

EStAL has developed into the most prominent platform to exchange expertise on European State aid law publishing exclusively double-blind, peer-reviewed contributions, and hence establishing a significant European State aid expert community including academics, policy-makers and practitioners.

Topics covered by the journal include:

  • the evolution of the concept of State aid;
  • Market Economy Operator Principle (MEOP);
  • Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI);
  • enforcement at national level; and
  • Sectorial Guidelines.

To guarantee EStAL’s high-quality standards, all submissions are required to conform to the author guidelines

Manuscripts should be sent to the Executive Editor: weber-abramo@lexxion.eu.

EStAL’s Target Audience

EStAL’s philosophy is to serve as an inclusive forum for dialogue and reflection reserved for all academics, officials from European and national institutions and private practitioners dealing with European State aid law. The composition of the editorial board and the diversity of country correspondents mirror this philosophy which also translates into the selection of contributing authors and EStAL’s readership.

EStAL’s Structure

According to EStAL’s philosophy the law journal offers a unique synthesis of high-quality legal analysis, thought-provoking and shaping opinion pieces as well as concise and useful information on State aid law. Contributions stem from various backgrounds to the benefit of all those dealing with State aid issues.


Managing Editors

Caroline Buts, Vrije Universiteit Brussels
José Luis Buendía Sierra, Garrigues, Brussels

Editorial Board

Josef Azizi, Former Judge at the General Court of the European Union, Luxembourg
Andreas Bartosch, KRB Kemmler Rapp Böhlke, Brussels
Andrea Biondi, King’s College London, London
Rose D’Sa, European Economic and Social Committee, Brussels
Leo Flynn, European Commission, Brussels
Leigh Hancher, Tilburg University, European University Institute, Amsterdam
Michael Honoré, Michael Honoré Law, Copenhagen
Thomas Jaeger, University of Vienna
Christian Koenig, Center for European Integration Studies, Bonn
Koen Lenaerts, Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg
Arjen Meij, Former Judge at the General Court of the European Union, Luxembourg
Phedon Nicolaides, College of Europe, Bruges and Maastricht University, Maastricht
Michael Schütte, Schütte Law, Brussels
Adinda Sinnaeve, European Commission, Brussels

Associate Editor

Małgorzata Cyndeka, University of Bergen

Executive Editor

Caio Weber Abramo, Lexxion Publisher, Berlin

Country Correspondents

Austria Birgit Haslinger, Johannes Kepler University, Linz
Belgium Wout De Cock, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Brussels
Bulgaria Ilko Stoyanov, Schoenherr, Sofia
Czech Republic Ivo Janda, White & Case LLP, Prague
Croatia Marijana Liszt, Liszt & Posavec, Zagreb
Cyprus Michalis Kamperis, Ierotheou, Kamperis & Co. LLC, Nicosia
Denmark Michael Honoré, Michael Honoré Law, Copenhagen
EFTA States and EFTA Community Maria J. Segura and Marianne Clayton, Clayton & Segura, Brussels
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania Daiga Lagzdina, Ardenis Ltd., Riga
Finland Ilkka Aalto-Setälä, Partner at Borenius Attorneys Ltd, Helsinki
France Nicole Coutrelis, Coutrelis & Associes, Paris
Germany Christoph Arhold, White & Case LLP, Berlin
Greece Antonis Metaxas, Metaxas & Associates, Athens
Hungary Anikó Keller, Szecskay, Budapest
Italy Sara Gobbato, BM&A Studio Legale Associato, Treviso
Ireland Christine Fauroux, Maples and Calder, Dublin
Luxembourg Philippe-Emmanuel Partsch, Arendt & Medernach, Luxembourg
Malta Yana Haber, Ministry of Finance, Floriana
Poland Przemyslaw Kamil Rosiak, KPMG, Warsaw
Portugal Philipp Melcher, MLGTS & Associados, Lisboa
Romania Anca Jurcovan, Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii, Bucharest
Slovakia Peter Hodál, White & Case LLP, Bratislava
Slovenia Matej Kavčič, Kavčič, Rogl & Bračun, Ljubljana
Spain Juan Jorge Piernas López, University of Murcia
Sweden Pamela Hansson, Kastell Advokatbyrå AB, Stockholm
The Netherlands Emma Besselink, Allen & Overy LLP, Amsterdam
United Kingdom George Peretz, Monckton Chambers, London
20. December 2018

Issue 4/2018 – Special Issue: Ex Post Monitoring and Evaluation

The last issue of 2018 of the European State Aid Law Quarterly is dedicated to the European Commission’s follow-up of approved State aid measures, monitoring their implementation by Member States and evaluating their economic impact, as part of the State aid Modernisation reforms that begun in 2012. Our articles cover the state-of-the-art of State aid Evaluations and how they could look in the future; what changes when moving from ex ante to ex post control in the Monitoring of State aid; a detailed analysis of the Impact of State Aid on Competition; and the national Experience of the United Kingdom with State Aid Evaluation.Two enormously important cases receive expert annotations: The General Court’s ruling on Case T‑356/15 Hinkley Point C (especially important for those daunted by its 736 paragraphs!) and the Court of Justice’s Case C‑579/16 P FIH Holding. We also have the latest State aid news from Belgium, the EEA and EFTA States, Poland and Spain. To close off, returning to our regular sections is the Event Report on the high-level conference Economics of State aid Control: Where Law and Economics Meet, organized by Lexxion Publisher and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, in cooperation with E.CA Economics, which took place on 5 October 2018 in Brussels. View all articles of EStAL 4/2018 here.
20. November 2018

Issue 3/2018 – State aid Application Challenges and Questions

Despite being as old as European integration itself, State aid rules continue to prompt questions. In the newest issue of the European State Aid Law Quarterly we look at some of these challenges as they affect the Port sector, Public aid and Operating aid in the Airport sector, Selectivity in Corporate Taxation, Tax Reductions for e-publications, Tenders as an exclusion factor and considerations on the eventful FIH Judgment. Two recent CJEU cases are analysed: the difficulty of defining a reference tax system in the final chapter of Heitkamp BauHolding (C-203/16 P), and the Spanish Tax Lease System (C-128/16 P). EStAL 3/2018 also brings the latest news from Denmark, Finland, Hungary and Ireland. View all articles of the current issue HERE.
23. July 2018

Issue 2/2018 – State aid recovery

The Summer issue (2/2018) of the European State Aid Law Quarterly (EStAL) is out, with many hot topics in the current debate on State aid law. Articles in this issue address State intervention in the banking sector and the Market Economy Operator Principle; Effectiveness of Subsidies to Young Innovative Companies; the new role of the EC after the BRRD and the SRM Regulation;  Evidence Requirements in the State Aid Compatibility Assessment and more. The highly significant ENEA and ANGED cases receive fresh analyses, accompanied by notes on EDF, Naviera Armas and United Textiles, and a national case on State aid in Italy with EU relevance. EStAL 2/2018 brings thought-provoking opinions on the FIH judgment and Past Financial Assistance, and the In-house privilege in the re-communalisation of public services. This issue also reports on important developments in Italy and France. View the table of content on issue 2/2018 here.
25. April 2018

Issue 1/2018 – State Aid and Brexit: Reality Slowly Dawns

The European State Aid Law Quarterly spring issue shines through the clouds of legal confusion and highlights again the diversity of topics affecting the ever blossoming and greening world of EU State aid law: the ‘effect-on-trade’ criterion; passing-on and recovery of unlawful State aid; MEIP and large infrastructure projects; State as regulator/economic operator; State aid control in EU candidate countries and more. Read also three case notes scrutinising ‘selectivity’ –  Paint Graphos, Eventech and NOx – and one in-depth article questioning whether ENEA is the new PreussenElektra. In addition, our UK country correspondent George Peretz reveals the reality of State aid and Brexit. On top of that, EStAL 1/2018 offers insightful reports on important national developments in Austria, the Baltic States, the EEA EFTA States, France, Greece, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.
View all articles of EStAL 1/2018.

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EStAL 1/2019 29.03.2019 08.02.2019
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EStAL 3/2019 30.09.2019 29.07.2019
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