The Lisbon conclusions stressed the central role of education and training as the main instruments to increase human capital and its impact on growth, productivity and employment.
Training usually has positive external effects for society as a whole since it increases the pool of skilled workers from which undertakings can draw and it improves the competitiveness of the economy and promotes a knowledge society capable of embracing a more innovative development path.
This Communication sets out guidance as to the criteria the Commission will apply for the assessment of training aid measures. This guidance is intended to make the Commissions reasoning transparent and to create predictability and legal certainty.
Any individual training aid, whether granted ad hoc or on the basis of a scheme, will be subject to this guidance when its grant equivalent exceeds EUR 2 million per training project. [extract]
Reference: Communication from the Commission Criteria for the analysis of the compatibility of State aid for training subject to individual notification. In Official Journal of the European Union, C 188, 11.8.2009, p. 1-5