Consolidated versions of the treaty on European Union and the treaty on the functioning of the European Union
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Article 3.3 (ex Article 2 TEU)
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It shall respect its rich cultural and linguistic diversity, and shall ensure that Europe's cultural heritage is safeguarded and enhanced.

Article 5.2 (ex Article 5 TEC)
2.    Under the principle of conferral, the Union shall act only within the limits of the competences conferred upon it by the Member States in the Treaties to attain the objectives set out therein. Competences not conferred upon the Union in the Treaties remain with the Member States.

Article 167 (ex Article 151 TEC)
1.    The Union shall contribute to the flowering of the cultures of the Member States, while respecting their national and regional diversity and at the same time bringing the common cultural heritage to the fore.

2.    Action by the Union shall be aimed at encouraging cooperation between Member States and, if necessary, supporting and supplementing their action in the following areas:
–    improvement of the knowledge and dissemination of the culture and history of the European peoples,
–    conservation and safeguarding of cultural heritage of European significance,
–    non-commercial cultural exchanges,
–    artistic and literary creation, including in the audiovisual sector.

3.    The Union and the Member States shall foster cooperation with third countries and the competent international organisations in the sphere of culture, in particular the Council of Europe.

4.    The Union shall take cultural aspects into account in its action under other provisions of the Treaties, in particular in order to respect and to promote the diversity of its cultures.

5.    In order to contribute to the achievement of the objectives referred to in this Article:
–    the European Parliament and the Council acting in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and after consulting the Committee of the Regions, shall adopt incentive measures, excluding any harmonisation of the laws and regulations of the Member States,
–    the Council, on a proposal from the Commission, shall adopt recommendations.

Article 107 (ex Article 87 TEC)
1.    Save as otherwise provided in the Treaties, any aid granted by a Member State or through State resources in any form whatsoever which distorts or threatens to distort competition by favouring certain undertakings or the production of certain goods shall, in so far as it affects trade between Member States, be incompatible with the internal market.

2.    The following shall be compatible with the internal market:

(a)    aid having a social character, granted to individual consumers, provided that such aid is granted without discrimination related to the origin of the products concerned;

(b)    aid to make good the damage caused by natural disasters or exceptional occurrences;

(c)    aid granted to the economy of certain areas of the Federal Republic of Germany affected by the division of Germany, in so far as such aid is required in order to compensate for the economic disadvantages caused by that division. Five years after the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon, the Council, acting on a proposal from the Commission, may adopt a decision repealing this point.

3.    The following may be considered to be compatible with the internal market:

(a)    aid to promote the economic development of areas where the standard of living is abnormally low or where there is serious underemployment, and of the regions referred to in Article 349, in view of their structural, economic and social situation;

(b)    aid to promote the execution of an important project of common European interest or to remedy a serious disturbance in the economy of a Member State;

(c)    aid to facilitate the development of certain economic activities or of certain economic areas, where such aid does not adversely affect trading conditions to an extent contrary to the common interest;

(d)    aid to promote culture and heritage conservation where such aid does not affect trading conditions and competition in the Union to an extent that is contrary to the common interest;

(e)    such other categories of aid as may be specified by decision of the Council on a proposal from the Commission.

Article 108.3 (ex Article 88 TEC)
3.    The Commission shall be informed, in sufficient time to enable it to submit its comments, of any plans to grant or alter aid. If it considers that any such plan is not compatible with the internal market having regard to Article 107, it shall without delay initiate the procedure provided for in paragraph 2. The Member State concerned shall not put its proposed measures into effect until this procedure has resulted in a final decision.

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