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Cultural Mainstreaming in EC State Aid Control

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Less debated with respect to cultural mainstreaming in EC action, are the implications Article 151(4) EC may have on funding mechanisms, introduced at the national level to preserve cultural expression and safeguard cultural heritage. This chapter illustrates the ways in which the Commission is confronted with cultural aid, and explores the influence Article 151(4) EC has had in the process. The Commission, before the entry into force of the Treaty of Maastricht, took action against state aids with cultural implications mainly in the field of film production. The Treaty of Maastricht marked a turning point in the perception of state aid control, as regards support measures targeting the cultural sector. The Slovenian and Slovakian decisions reflect the Commission's tendency to exert control even to cases which may lie outside the scope of the EC state aid rules.

Keywords:Article 151(4) EC; cultural sector; EC state aid rules; film production; Slovakian decision; Slovenian decision; Treaty of Maastricht



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