EU Internal Trade

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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Photo of Stephen Phillips Stephen Phillips Conservative, Sleaford and North Hykeham

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the discouragement of anti-competitive state aid to improve the functioning of the single market.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, my right hon. Friend Vince Cable, met with the Competition Commissioner, Vice President Almunia in May 2012 to discuss the UK's support for state aid rules that ensure a level playing field for competition. This is a key objective for the European Commission's State Aid Modernisation agenda which also seeks to facilitate growth across the EU. Positive contacts are also ongoing at official level.

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