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EStAL 4/2017 - Not Even the Church Is Absolved from State Aid Rules

EStAL 4/2017 rounds up the jubilee year proving again the diversity of EU State aid law: ‘Not Even the Church Is Absolved from State Aid Rules’ – as our editorial board member Phedon Nicolaides has affirmed unambiguously. Read also articles on the MEIP and lessons learnt from the financial crisis; sensitive issues related to regional aid, especially operating aid to airports and ports; the role of economic analysis, in particular when deciding on State aid to Public Broadcasters; and the evergreen topic of State aid and tax rulings (Derogation test and ‘EU At Arm’s Length Principle’).
On top of that, the issue contains concise reports on relevant developments in the national spheres of EU State aid law in France and Spain.

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EStAL - European State Aid Law Quarterly

EStAL was established in 2002 as the first pan-European publication for State aid law and is still recognized as the leading journal in its field today. EStAL’s successful philosophy is to serve as a forum for open dialogue and reflection on State aid law and policy for and between academics, judges, Commission and Member States officials and private practitioners. This philosophy shows in the composition of the editorial board and translates to the selection of authors and commentators and EStAL’s circle of readers in particular. EStAL accordingly offers a balanced mix of high-quality legal analysis, concise information and pointed opinion pieces on State aid law and policy from diverse backgrounds to the benefit of all those dealing with State aid issues on a regular basis.

EStAL provides you quarterly with a review of around 100 pages, containing articles, case studies, jurisdiction of both European and national courts as well as communications from the European Commission.


Managing Editors

Caroline Buts, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels

José Luis Buendía Sierra, Garrigues, Brussels


Editorial Board

Josef Azizi, Former Judge at the General Court of the European Union

Andreas Bartosch, Lutz-Abel, Brussels

Andrea Biondi, King's College London

Rose D'Sa, European Economic and Social Committee, Brussels

Leo Flynn, European Commission, Brussels

Leigh Hancher, Tilburg University, Allen & Overy, Amsterdam

Michael Honoré, Bech-Bruun Law Firm, Brussels

Thomas Jaeger, University of Vienna

Christian Koenig, Center for European Integration Studies, Bonn

Koen Lenaerts, Court of Justice of the European Union

Arjen Meij, Former Judge at the General Court of the European Union

Phedon Nicolaides, College of Europe and Maastricht University

Michael Schütte, Schütte Law Brussels

Adinda Sinnaeve, European Commission, Brussels

Country Correspondants

Austria Birgit Haslinger
  Johannes Kepler University, Linz

Belgium Laura Parret
  Houthoff Buruma, Brussels

Bulgaria Ilko Stoyanov
  Schoenherr, Sofia

Czech Republic Ivo Janda
  White & Case LLP, Prague

Croatia Marko Maček
  Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Zagreb

Cyprus Michalis Kamperis
  Ierotheou, Kamperis & Co. LLC, Nicosia

Denmark Michael Honoré

Brech-Brunn Law Firm, Brussels

EFTA States and EFTA Community Monica Wroldsen
  Norwegian Government, Oslo

Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania Daiga Lagzdina
  Ardenis Ltd., Riga

Finland Ilkka Aalto-Setälä
  Partner at Borenius Attorneys Ltd, Helsinki

France Nicole Coutrelis
  Coutrelis & Associes, Paris

Germany Christoph Arhold
  White & Case LLP, Berlin

Greece Antonis Metaxas
  Metaxas & Associates, Athens

Hungary Anikó Keller
  Szecskay, Budapest

Italy Sara Gobbato
  BM&A Studio Legale Associato, Treviso

Ireland Christine Fauroux
  Maples and Calder (Dublin)

Luxemburg Philippe-Emmanuel Partsch
  Arendt & Medernach, Luxemburg

Malta Yana Haber
  Ministry of Finance, Floriana

Poland Przemyslaw Kamil Rosiak
  KPMG, Warsaw

Portugal Philipp Melcher
  MLGTS & Associados, Lisboa

Romania Anca Jurcovan
  Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii, Bucharest

Slovakia Peter Hodál
  White & Case LLP, Bratislava

Slovenia Matej Kavčič
  Kavčič, Rogl & Bračun, Ljubljana

Spain Juan Jorge Piernas López
  University of Murcia

Sweden Pamela Hansson
  Kastell Advokatbyrå AB, Stockholm

The Netherlands Emma Besselink
  Allen & Overy LLP, Amsterdam

United Kingdom George Peretz
  Monckton Chambers, London


EStAL Review Process

The articles featured in each issue of European State Aid Law Quarterly (EStAL) are
as well requested submissions as unsolicited ones. All undergo the review process as followed: Each article is circulated among the full board and reviewed and refereed by the board members.

Article Submission

It is understood that EStAL accepts for print submissions of excellent quality only. All publications must demonstrate clearly that they are sufficiently distinct from the status quo of discussions among the informed State aid community, in particular through sufficiently broad footnoting and citations, and aim at advancing those discussions.

Whereas opinions and case notes may be more pointed, articles in particular must take clearly visible notice of pre-existing literature and jurisprudence, even if the positions expressed there are to be rejected by the author of the submission at hand. Likewise, submissions relating to very recent developments require less footnoting and citation than submissions relating to familiar topics.

Publications not living up to this quality standard will be rejected by the editorial board in the pre-publication review process.



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