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General block exemption regulation schemes

The general block exemption regulation (GBER) provides state aid cover for categories of aid which are exempt from the European Commission’s (EC) formal notification process.

The GBER allows member states to provide support without going through the EC’s full notification process. However, aid givers must register the award of aid, or the scheme under which it operates, within 20 working days of its start.

Registered schemes

As well as the Welsh Government registered GBER Schemes, the Welsh Local Government Association (external link) has registered a number of schemes that can be used by local authorities.

If you want to register a scheme please contact the State Aid Unit.


The GBER has strict monitoring and transparency requirements. If you are using one of the Welsh Government or WLGA GBER schemes you will need to let the Welsh Government’s State Aid Team know.