Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “We want to further simplify our existing State aid Framework to make it easier for Member States to support research, development and innovation, including by small and medium sized enterprises, while ensuring that possible competition distortions are kept to the minimum. We now invite stakeholders to share their views. All this to provide the right incentives to tackle the challenges we are facing and enable Europe's green and digital transition.”
All citizens, organisations, companies, and public authorities are welcome to contribute to this consultation.
From 08.04.2021 to 03.06.2021 (8 weeks later)
The RDI Framework aims at facilitating research, development and innovation (“RDI”) activities, which, due to market failures, would not occur in the absence of public support. In this respect, the RDI Framework enables Member States, subject to certain conditions, to provide the necessary incentives to companies and the research community to carry out these important activities and investments in this field.
The Commission has conducted an evaluation of the current RDI Framework as part of the State aid Fitness Check.
The evaluation of the Communication on the Framework for State aid for research and development and innovation (R&D&I) in the context of the Fitness Check of State aid rules showed that the current provisions are effective and facilitate investment in the field of R&D&I at both European and national levels. However, some targeted adjustments remain necessary to reflect current regulatory, economic and technological developments. New current Commission strategic priorities need also to be taken into account, such as the Industrial and Digital Strategy and the European Green Deal.
More specifically, the revision of the Framework for State aid for R&D&I focuses on the following areas:
The draft RDI Framework and all the details about the public consultation are available online.
We welcome contributions from citizens, organisations, companies and public authorities.
Received contributions will be published on this webpage. Only submissions that are clearly marked "CONFIDENTIAL" (in English, in capital letters) will be treated as such and not published. In that case, please also provide a non-confidential version of your reply. It is important to read the privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.
We would appreciate receiving submissions electronically, as attachments to emails in .doc or .pdf format. Please see for contact details below.
Please note that we cannot guarantee to take account of replies received after the deadline.
Please note that the consultation will be launched based on the English version of the text. The translations into all EU languages will be added gradually on this website. These are non-official translations. In case of doubt, the English version prevails.
Draft RDIF Communication: en
Please note that the background note will be launched based on the English version of the text. The translations into all EU languages will be added gradually to this website. These are non-official translations. In case of doubt, the English version prevails.
Background note accompanying the consultation on the draft RDIF Communication: en