- EEA Agreement — European Community — European Free Trade Association — World Trade Organisation — Turkey
This chapter provides an outline of the main international agreements concerning State aids and subsidies which affect the EU, and which provide the international context within which the EU State aid rules are developed and implemented. These include the European Economic Area and European Free Trade Agreement, and the State aid provisions within Stabilisation and Association Agreements concluded with countries that are candidates for European Union membership. This chapter also outlines the subsidy provisions contained within the framework of the World Trade Organization, including the differences between the notions of WTO subsidies and EU State aid, and the relationship between WTO subsidy law and EU State aid law. The chapter concludes with a brief discussion of the important topic of the interaction between EU State aid law and international investment law.