Never ever since the eruption of the financial markets crisis in 2008/2009 has any event turned the world of EU State aid control law as topsy-turvy as the Covid 19 pandemia, which has set on its Jules Verne tour around the globe, however without terminating it in the 80 days set by said literary example.

The European Commission reacted by adopting a temporary framework, which so far has been amended three times. Germany utilised the flexibilities provided by this framework in a way that very much resembles Dave Brubeck´s world-famous piece of music “Take Five”. This is due to the two-chord, which characterises both the measures notified by Germany and authorised by the Commission on the one hand and the aforementioned music on the other.

There are, first, the five horizontal, i.e. non-sector-specific aid schemes such as the Covid 19 Measures (Case SA.56714), the Federal Guarantee Scheme (Case SA.56787), the Federal Loan Scheme (Case SA.56863), the scheme on small amounts of aid grants (Case SA.58021) as well as the Fund for the Stabilisation of the Economy “Wirtschaftsstabilisierungsfonds” (Case SA.56814). The classical quintuple 54 time is then completed by combining them with the four sector-specific aid schemes, as there are the one for regional and local passenger transport (Case SA.57675), for airports (Case SA.57644), the “Bayern Fonds” (Case SA.57447) as well as the guarantees on vouchers issued by package tour operators (Case SA.57741).

Whether this playing together is capable of bestowing on these aid measures a fame comparable to the one which Dave Brubeck achieved through his music, the interested reader may find initial guidance in the article contained in the following link: