The turnaround in energy policy remains one of the dominant issues: in this context, grid expansion and the construction of new plants harbor much potential for conflicts, which are battled out using environmental and planning law. The influence of European law is growing steadily, not only in the energy sector, but also among banks and insurers. The same can be said for public tenders, as, besides the upcoming implementation of a new EU directive, state aid assessments are a growing factor.
In general, there are many more interfaces on which state aid law plays a role. This is primarily because it has developed from a field shaped solely by European law into a legal area in its own right. With the change to the political and legal questions relevant in the public sector, a gradual, yet noticeable generation change is under way among the lawyers specializing in public law.