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: 05 Oct 2011 | Removal date: 03 Jan 2016
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Financial grant

On 5 October 2011, the European Commission approved state aid for the construction of an LNG terminal in the Polish city of Swinoujscie.
The aid amounts to 925.6 million PLN (ca. 209 million EUR) and will be distributed over the course of five years (until 2015).
According to the EC, the state aid "concerns the construction of an LNG terminal, which will offer services of LNG unloading, regasification and supply to the transmission system on the market. The gas market is liberalised at the EU level, gas is traded across the EU, and Poland is connected to the EU grid, with competition among alternative suppliers. Therefore trans-border gas transmission directly affects a territory exceeding Poland and potentially affects internal EU trade. It follows that the planned aid is likely to distort or threaten to distort competition and affect the patterns of trade between Member States" (par. 41, letter from the EC to Poland, 05.10.2011).
A state measure in the GTA database is assessed solely in terms of the extent to which its implementation affects the extent of discrimination against foreign commercial interests. On this metric, the state aid proposed here is discriminatory.
As Poland does not produce LNG (6-digit HS code 271111) and does not possess any LNG terminals, no jurisdictions were selected as affected.

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