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    12/07/2024
    Belgium

    One year of Belgian foreign direct investment screening: state of play

    On 1 June 2022, following the adoption of Regulation (EU) 2019/452 of 19 March 2019 establishing a framework for screening foreign direct investments in the EU, the various Belgian competent governments concluded a draft cooperation agreement, ratified by all competent Belgian parliaments, which aims to introduce a foreign direct investment (FDI) screening mechanism in Belgium.The FDI control mechanism, which entered into force on 1 July 2023, provides for a mechanism of mandatory ex ante notification to an Interfederal Screening Committee (ISC) for investment projects envisaged by non-European...
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    02/07/2024
    EU

    The General Court of the EU annuls the Commission decision on restructuring aid to Condor

    FR
    On 8 May 2024, the General Court of the EU annulled the Commission decision of 26 July 2021 approving restructuring aid to German airline Condor following an annulment action lodged by Ryanair. The Commission should have opened a formal procedure because of doubts about the compatibility of the aid. The General Court rejected Ryanair’s argument relating to the impact of the aid on its competitive position.BackgroundOn 26 July 2021, the European Commission authorised restructuring aid in favour of the German airline Condor. Condor provides mainly charter flights via tour operators in Germany....
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    13/03/2024
    International

    After EU Commission's first decision on Carbon Contracts for Difference, Germany initiates bidding of EUR 4bn

    The European Commission approved the first Carbon Contracts for Difference (CCfD) scheme under the new Guidelines on State aid for climate, environmental protection and energy 2022 (CEEAG).Following the Commission's decision, on 12 March 2024 the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection (BMWK) initiated the first bidding process with a total volume of EUR 4bn. With this funding scheme, Germany is taking a pioneering role in Europe and internationally in the field of state aid for climate protection. Concept of contracts for differenceA contract for difference entitles...
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    08/03/2024
    EU

    Practical guidance on how to assess the existence of aid for risk financing measures

    FR
    On 26 January 2024, the Commission adopted practical guidance for Member States on assessing the existence of State aid for measures aimed at facilitating access to financing for certain businesses.Risk financing measures are particularly important as they enable States to support innovative start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and middle-sized enterprises (mid-caps) in the early stages of their development, to make the most of their growth potential, and to lead ecological and digital transitions.These aid may be considered compatible with the internal market under the General...
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    06/03/2024
    Slovakia

    Implementation of Temporary Crisis and Transition Framework in Slovakia: Gateway for State Aid Subsidies to Investors Involved in Green Transition

    The European Commission adopted the Temporary Crisis Framework and then the Temporary Crisis and Transition Framework (TCTF) to mitigate the economic consequences caused by Russia's invasion and ongoing war with Ukraine. To this extent, the TCTF establishes a framework for several state aid mechanisms that allow EU member states to help companies tackle the aftermath of the energy crisis. But this is not all. The TCTF goes one step further and introduces state aid mechanisms to support the green transition. The goal of this article is to present the state aid scheme that is about to be implemented...
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    05/03/2024
    EU

    European Commission authorises EUR 550 million Italian hydrogen aid scheme

    FR
    On 30 January 2024, the European Commission authorised an Italian hydrogen aid scheme with a budget of EUR 550 million under the Temporary Crisis and Transition Framework.The Green Deal industrial planThe European Commission has adopted the Green Deal industrial plan, which aims to strengthen the competitiveness of Europe's net-zero emissions industry and support a rapid green transition.The plan is based on four pillars:A predictable regulatory framework, simplified through three proposals:A Net-Zero Industry ActA Critical Raw Materials ActA reform of the organisation of the electricity market,...
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