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Standard User mjl123
(regular) Fri 03-Jun-16 17:42:39
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EU State Aid Agreement

[link to this post]
The EU has approved the BDUK state aid agreement(here)

But we’ve been told that
“there are two aspects to the NBS (National Broadband Scheme), one which allows councils to procure suppliers on an full access basis and one on a restricted access basis. The first of these has been approved, the second (which was designed for BT) hasn’t yet”

Any info on the second part around anywhere? EU State Aid Agreement?

Also, one of the comments in the above article was
under £50,000 no need for EU State Aid procurement process
Could you point me at a source for this rule please?

At the moment, the EU is the only thing standing between us and fast broadband! Fastershire (Glos BDUK project) have the money and want to give it to BT, BT want to take it and do the work, but BT's legal department are worried about complying with state aid rules so won't agree it!
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Fri 03-Jun-16 19:03:41
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Re: EU State Aid Agreement

[re: mjl123] [link to this post]
Cannot pin down a EU based reference for £50,000 (it may be €50,000) but it was this no need for EU State Aid rule that allowed the connection voucher scheme to run.

A reference to the £50,000 can be found at

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Standard User mjl123
(regular) Mon 06-Jun-16 13:34:58
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Re: EU State Aid Agreement

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Thanks Andrew, found a Gov guidance document that says
The De Minimis Regulation allows small amounts of aid – less than €200,000 over 3
rolling years – to be given to an undertaking for a wide range of purposes.
If you use this mechanism, you don’t need to notify or get approval

Which is about £158k, sadly this doesn't help us as BT would be considered the recipient of the aid, even if it went through us as an intermediary.

So looks like we're stuck waiting for either Brexit or for the second part of the BDUK state aid agreement to be approved, but I'm yet to find any details of this.

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