IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

National

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

all

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: 01 Nov 2013 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Production subsidy

On October 31, 2013, France introduced (according to Decree no. 2013-972) a new category of 'gas-intensive' corporations, namely those that consume large quantities of natural gas (more than 4 kWh of gas per euro of added value) and that are exposed to international competition. Those gas-intensive corporations can enjoy 'particular conditions of access to and supply from the transportation and distributions networks of natural gas', in essence meaning lower prices for their natural gas consumption.
According to the press release accompanying the decree, 'the Ministers estimate that maintaining a cheap price of access to energy for the heaviest-consuming industries is not only a matter of competitiveness but also of sovereignty: the eligible gas-intensive corporations (production of glass, chemicals, metallurgy) form the base of French industry'. For that reason, the GTA assesses that the measure almost certainly involves discrimination against foreign commercial interests. UNIDEN, an association of energy-intensive industries, estimates that about 50 corporations might be eligible under the new scheme, mostly in the southern part of the country, where gas prices are higher than in the north.

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