The European Commission has adopted a revised Communication on State aid rules for research, development and innovation (‘2022 RDI Framework'), which sets out the rules under which Member States can grant State aid to companies for RDI activities, while ensuring a level playing field. The 2022 RDI Framework, which contributes to the EU's strategic objectives relating to the green and digital transitions, has entered into force today.
Today's adoption of the 2022 RDI Framework follows an evaluation of the existing rules launched in 2019 as part of the State aid Fitness Check. The Commission has also carried out an extensive consultation of all interested parties on the proposed revised text of the Communication. This included contributions from Member States, business and research associations, interest groups and companies, NGOs, and citizens.
The revised RDI Framework includes a number of targeted adjustments (i) to simplify and reflect the experience gained from the application of the 2014 RDI Framework, (ii) to reflect regulatory, economic and technological developments, and (iii) to align the relevant rules to the current EU policy priorities, such as the European Green Deal and the Industrial and Digital Strategies.