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What We Do

EU State Aid Rules

We ensure compliance of the Department's Industrial Development schemes with EU State Aid rules and advise and assist other Departments to achieve the same in relation to their schemes.

In the area of State Aid, where necessary, we notify aid schemes to be implemented by the Department and its agencies to the EU Commission and obtains Commission decisions that the schemes are in accordance with the EU State Aid rules, notably Articles 107 to 109 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (Previously dealt with primarily by Articles 87 to 89 of the Treaty establishing the European Community). We also advise other Departments on achieving similar decisions in relation to their schemes. (Separate State Aid rules apply in respect of Agriculture, Fisheries, and most aspects of Transport; these fall within the responsibility of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine, the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, the Department of Transport, and the Department Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

What is State Aid?

State Aid is a term that refers to forms of public assistance, using taxpayer-funded resources, given to undertakings on a discretionary basis, with the potential to distort competition and affect trade between member states of the European Union.

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State Aid Schemes

State Aid schemes are administered by the Department’s industrial development agencies, with the exception of the Skillnets scheme, which is administered by Skillnets Ltd. 

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Regional Aid

The EU Regional Aid Guidelines (RAGS) allow each Member State to provide enhanced rates of State Aid in the least economically developed areas of each country. 

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Transparency of State Aid

In line with the State Aid transparency rules, as of 1 July 2016, Member States are required to notify on a public website beneficiaries of all individual aid awards above €500,000.

More about Transparency of State Aid 


Skillnets actively supports and works with businesses in Ireland to address their current and future skills needs.

More about Skillnets

Contact Us

State Aid Unit

Room 505,

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment,

23 Kildare Street,

Dublin 2,

D02 TD30.

Tel:  +353 1 631 2121
Email: stateaidireland@enterprise.gov.ie