State aid

A “State aid” is an advantage (in any form whatsoever) granted by the State or through State resources to entities engaged in economic activities on a given market, which confers on them an advantage capable of affecting internal trade and of distorting or threatening to distort competition. There are four conditions that an aid measure must fulfil in order to qualify as State aid within the meaning of Article 107(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU):

  • state origin of the aid: financial transfers may take different forms (grants, interest rate reductions, capital injections, etc.), and come from resources of national, regional and local budgets, as well as from public and private banks or intermediaries entrusted by the State with the management of a public aid scheme;
  • economic advantage: the aid measure must confer on the recipient firm an economic advantage which it would not have obtained in the normal course of its business;
  • presence of a selective advantage: in order to constitute State aid, the measure must not be general or indiscriminate, but selective, i.e. it must apply to a specific economic sector (sectoral aid) or to a specific territory (regional aid);
  • effect on competition and trade: State aid must have the potential to affect competition and trade between Member States, since it is intended for a beneficiary exercising an economic activity and operating on a market where there is trade between Member States.

State aid and aid granted through State resources of whatever nature are incompatible with the common market if they distort or threaten to distort competition by favouring certain undertakings or certain production sectors. State aid granted in relation to certain policy objectives is an exception. These include, inter alia, aid for agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture. In particular, aid to make good the damage caused by natural disasters or exceptional occurrences is deemed compatible with the internal market (Article 107(2)(b) TFEU).

More generally, on the other hand, for the agricultural sector, because of its specific features, it is the Treaty itself that provides that the rules on competition are to apply to production of and trade in agricultural (and fishery) products only to the extent determined by the European Parliament and the Council (Article 42 TFEU). It should be specified that the agricultural and fishery products for which the provisions on competition apply are only those listed in Annex 1 to the Treaty (Article 38 TFEU).

In this regard, the Commission has adopted the "EU Guidelines for State aid in the agriculture and forestry sector and in rural areas 2014-2020". (2014/C 204/01) which lays down the conditions and criteria under which aid for the agricultural and forestry sectors and aid for rural areas may be considered compatible with the internal market. The guidelines, in the part referring to the scope of application, make explicit reference to the Rural Development Policy, providing that the rules on State aid do not apply to payments made by Member States under and in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013, nor to additional national funding falling within the scope of Article 42 of the Treaty (Articles 81 and 82 of Regulation No 1305/2013). 



Determinazione Autorità di gestione n. 222 del 12 10 2018.pdf

Approvazione condizioni di validità di aiuti soggetti a obbligo di notifica e ammissibilità operazioni soggette a regole di aiuti di Stato

Determinazione Autorità di gestione n. 195 del 12 09 2018.pdf

Sottomisura 19.2 - Regolamento (CE) n. 1305/2013 sostegno sviluppo rurale del FEASR - PSR 2014-2020 - Approvazione linee guida applicazione normativa sugli aiuti di Stato

Determinazione Autorità di gestione n. 163 del 08 08 2017.pdf

Disciplina categorie regimi aiuti (Reg. n. 702 del 2014)

Determinazione Autorità di gestione n. 266 del 28 11 2017.pdf

Modifiche e integrazioni DAG n. 163 del 08 08 2017. Disciplina categorie di aiuti

Public procurement

In the context of ex-ante conditionality, the Managing Authority for the Puglia 2014-2020 RDP had to put in place mechanisms to ensure the effective application of EU public procurement law. 
The objective is to ensure the administrative capacity of the region to allow the correct application of EU and national public procurement rules in relation to the financing of projects using European resources.

In particular, the control system of the RDP Puglia 2014-2020 provides for administrative controls on applications for support and payment, as per art. 48 of Regulation (EU) no. 809/2014, and on-the-spot controls on applications for payment, as per art. 49 of the same Regulation.

To this end, the adoption of checklists is one of the tools to be used as a "audit trail" to verify that the procedures for the procurement of works and goods and services, carried out as part of interventions eligible for funding have been carried out correctly in compliance with national and European procurement rules and that all the documentation necessary for the purposes of this verification is available.

With subsequent decisions, the Managing Authority of the PSR Puglia has created the checklists shared with AGEA.



Determinazione Autorità di gestione n. 9 del 31 01 2019.pdf

PSR Puglia 2014-2020. Condizionalità ex ante: G4 (Appalti Pubblici). Adozione Check List di verifica delle procedure d'appalto in sostituzione delle Check List approvate con DAG n. 121/2018

Determinazione Autorità di gestione n. 41 del 16 02 2018.pdf

Approvazione Check List in materia di appalti - Allegato A, Allegato B

Determinazione Autorità di gestione n. 363 del 25 10 2019.pdf

Condizionalità ex ante: G4 (Appalti Pubblici). Adozione Check List di verifica delle procedure d'appalto in sostituzione delle Check List approvate con DAG n. 9/2019

Determinazione Autorità di Gestione n. 234 del 15.06.2020

Approvazione check-list per le procedure di gara per appalti pubblici di lavori, servizi e forniture relative alle misure dello Sviluppo Rurale integrate con le penalità da applicare in caso di mancata osservanza delle norme 1797/2019

Determinazione Autorità di gestione n. 121 del 29 05 2018.pdf

Adozione Check List di verifica delle procedure d'appalto in sostituzione delle Check List della DAG n. 41/2018