European State Aid Law

EStAL was established in 2002 by Lexxion Publisher as a high-level forum for open dialogue and reflection on State aid law and policy. Unique in its field, this double-blind peer-reviewed journal congregates a diverse array of experts: academics, judges, economists, lawyers, Commission and Member State officials, consultants and private practitioners, all find in this leading journal legal and economic analysis of the highest calibre, concise and detailed information, balanced opinions and outstanding research on State aid in the EU. Our discerning and engaged readership has counted on the expertise and acumen found in our pages to enhance their professional activities for over 15 years.
State aid has been a central concept in law and economics since the very inception of modern European integration; already present in the 1951 Paris treaty establishing the European Coal and Steel Community, State aid control still plays a fundamental role in EU law and policy, and both internal and external markets. Together with the WTO regime, State aid in the EU is the most developed system of regulation of subsidies in the world.

New publication: State Aid Uncovered 2019 by Prof Phedon Nicolaides

All blog posts by Prof Phedon Nicolaides of 2019 completely revised, rearranged and grouped into chapters – the must-have for anyone working in State aid issues!

This edition also includes a handy index of all CJEU and Commission cases that are mentioned in the book.

Order your hardcopy or e-book now!

380 pages
ISBN: 978-3-86965-351-8
February 2020

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New Blog Post: A New Temporary State aid Framework to Fight the Effects of the Corona Virus

In this blog post Prof Phedon Nicolaides takes a look at the new Temporary Framework to combat the economic effects of the pandemic caused by the corona virus covid-19.

He explains what Member States may do within the context of the normal rules in response to an emergency, then outlines the main features of aid measures intended to make good the damage caused by a natural disaster or exceptional occurrence and then it reviews the provisions of the new Temporary Framework.

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Live Webinar on Applying State Aid Law in the UK Now

23.04.2020 |

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With the UK Government poised to announce a wave of public funded initiatives, a strong understanding of State aid law is now more important than ever. In this interactive workshop, leading State aid experts Jonathan Branton, George Peretz QC and… more

Live Webinar: COVID-19 and State Aid Law

02.04.2020 |

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, EU Member States are urgently rolling out aid measures to save their economies. At the same time, the European Commission is working to quickly adapt the existing State aid legal framework to address the… more


EStAL – European State Aid Law Quarterly

Phedon Nicolaides

State Aid Uncovered Blog

Opinions by Phedon Nicolaides

On a weekly basis Phedon Nicolaides posts critical opinion pieces on the latest State aid judgments and decisions on his blog State Aid Uncovered. Each article presents the main points of a court ruling or Commission‘s decision, places them in the context of similar case law or practice, assesses the underlying reasoning, and identifies any inconsistencies or contradictions.
Occasional guest blog posts by other State aid experts complement the State aid knowledge hub.

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Together with Prof. Phedon Nicolaides, academic director of Lexxion training, we decided to create a training center for practictioners who implement European regulations in their daily practice.

Our aim is to support public administration in the implementation of European policies on cohesion and regional economic development. This goal is achieved through practice-oriented trainings, which are designed in close cooperation with the European Commission and national authorities and run by reputable European experts. This enables us to focus on the most current European topics and to adapt our trainings to actual needs of the Member States.

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Milestones in State Aid Case Law – EStAL’s First 15 Years in Perspective

State Aid Uncovered 2018

State Aid Uncovered 2017

State Aid Uncovered 2016

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