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The Scottish Government seeks to ensure that the information published on this web site is up to date and accurate. However, the information on this website does not constitute legal or professional advice and the Scottish Government cannot accept any liability for actions arising from its use. The Scottish Government cannot be held responsible for the contents of any pages referenced by an external link.

The State Aid Team provide advice to public sector bodies, and unfortunately does not have the capacity to provide advice to individual members of the public, applicants, or beneficiaries of aid.

It should be noted that State aid is a matter where policy is currently the responsibility of the European Union. Furthermore, the European Court of Justice holds sole competence over the presence of State aid or otherwise.

If you think that a measure you intend to implement, or aid that you intend to give, is State aid, and have any doubts as to whether or not it is lawful aid, please get in touch with either the relevant lead contact in the team or email the entire team here to discuss the possible implications.


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