State aid

Horten is highly specialised within state aid. Our expertise covers all aspects of state aid and we have in recent years been involved in many of the largest state aid cases in Denmark. 

our experience and expertise

Our experts have wide experience predicting and handling the often rather complicated state aid issues. We have assisted a number of municipalities and regions with the state aid implications of large infrastructure projects. We take a proactive approach and focus on the recent development by holding courses and writing articles about state aid.

As a supplement to our legal expertise, we are capable of handling and providing advice in a political environment. We have thorough insight into the political processes and many years' experience conveying a legal message to an audience which does not necessarily have a legal background.  

our clients

Our clients within state aid are primarily municipalities, regions, public companies and other entities in receipt of public funds. We also have experience advising private enterprises which (often inadvertently) have received state aid.

what we do

We assist with assessing:

  • Whether a given measure constitutes a state aid;
  • to which extent it is important to notify the Commission; and
  • whether a given support measure may be expected to be approved

news

Horten advances in new Chambers and Legal 500 rankings

19 April 2017

In 2017, the leading international ranking agencies, Legal 500 and Chambers, are once again ranking Horten among the best law firms in Denmark.

The European Commission: Aid to construction of Kriegers Flak is legal

30 March 2017

The Commission has approved the Danish state aid to the offshore wind turbine project Kriegers Flak as the project will contribute to an increased use of renewable energy in Denmark.

Global Leaders in Law appoints Horten as exclusive partner for Denmark

10 January 2017

Global Leaders in Law, the leading global general counsel forum based in London, and Horten has announced partnership. Appointed as a global bronze partner, Horten will sponsor the activities of Global Leaders in Law in 2017.

Aid to the Eurovision Song Contest was not illegal under municipal and state aid law

14 October 2016

On 12 October 2016, the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Interior concluded in a statement that the aid provided through Projektselskabet by the City of Copenhagen and the Capital Region of Denmark to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 was legal.

New state aid register will come into force on 1 July 2016

30 June 2016

As part of the European Commission's reform of the European state aid rules initiated in 2012, the member states must register any state aid to companies exceeding € 500,000 in a public web-based register. The rule comes into force on 1 July 2016, when the new register will be available.

Dispute concerning cost-free loan guarantees to two district heating companies may be brought before the Supreme Court

23 February 2016

State subsidies: A dispute concerning cost-free loan guarantees to two district heating companies may be brought before the Supreme Court, but the municipal initiatives should continue.

Tax and state aid: where are we going?

10 February 2016

Since 2013, the Commission has investigated the member states' tax rulings to establish whether the state aid rules are violated through selective tax advantages.

Loan guarantees to two district heating companies were illegal and thereby invalid

26 January 2016

This was established on 25 January 2016 when the Western High Court ruled on a dispute between the Municipality of Sønderborg and two local district heating companies. The ruling means that the municipality is obligated to charge a guarantee commission which constitutes more than DKK 70 million in the guarantee period.