In 2019, Lear carried out two studies for the European Commission assessing state aid rules for, respectively, supporting regional airports and favouring SMEs’ access to finance. Both studies were undertaken in consortium with DIW Berlin and Sheppard Mullin.
The studies are instrumental to the Commission’s fitness check of the 2012 state aid modernisation package, i.e. the reforms implemented in 2012 and aimed at streamlining state aid control. The Commission will use the studies to decide whether and how current rules need to be revised.