State aid for broadband projects has to follow the Guidelines adopted by the Commission in 2013.

The European Commission reviewed in 2014 the General Block Exemption Regulation, which simplifies aid granting procedures for Member States by authorising without prior notification a range of measures fulfilling horizontal common interest objectives, including broadband.

The Commission has also published guidance on when public spending falls within or outside the scope of EU State aid control.

Since 2016 transparency requirements about state aid measures have become mandatory.

It is important that public funds are carefully used in the broadband sector and that the Commission ensures that State aid is complementary and does not substitute investments of market players.