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On 10 March 2016, the European Investment Bank agreed to provide financing for the construction of Europe's first titanium recycling plant, as part of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (henceforth: EFSI). The plant shall be managed by the multinational company Eramet SA and will recycle titanium used in aircrafts. The French state has an indirect ownership stake in Eramet SA.
The exact amount of financing was not specified.
EFSI support does not fall under EU State Aid rules as it is meant as a tool to address "market failures or sub-optimal investment situations". However, the investment support does include favourable conditions in the form of public assumption of risk.
As described in the European Commission's Fact Sheet form 20 July 2015: "The type of risk-financing instruments will be designed so as to take uncertainty out ("first loss protection") of as such viable projects and therefore crowd-in private sector investments. Since the EFSI will take riskier tranches in investment projects, the private sector will be able to join under more favourable conditions." Furthermore, the EIB states that "The new initiative 'i.e. the EFSI' will benefit from the EIB's strong credit standing that enables funding at favourable conditions and across maturities".
A state measure in the GTA database is assessed solely in terms of the extent to which its implementation affects foreign commercial interests. On this metric, the investment support proposed here is discriminatory.
The list of affected jurisdictions is based on the EFSI Information Sheet, which states that all of Europe's titanium scrap currently needs to be exported, mainly to the United States.
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