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 Jan 2009 | Removal date: 31 Dec 2012
Still in force

State loan

On 17 December 2008 the Belgian authorities contacted the European Commission regarding their intention to introduce supporting measures in R&D in the aeronautical sector for the period 1 January 2009 - 31 December 2011.
 
The global budget of the Scheme for the period 2009-2013 is estimated to amount 178 million euros. Belgian authorities estimate the number of beneficiaries to range from 11 to 50 per year.
 
Belgian authorities specify that only projects related to R&D in the sector can benefit from the aid. Projects related to the Airbus A350 XWB or the Airbus A380 constitute examples of potential beneficiaries.
 
Supporting measures will be provided under the form of either reimbursable subsidies (0% interest rate) or repayable advances.
 
The commission found that the measure constitutes State aid within themeaning of Article 87(1) of the EC Treaty and gave the followingassessment:
 
"-The Scheme is selective since it is provided on a discretionary basis by Belgian authorities
-The Scheme operates with financial resources from the federal budget, which constitutes state aid.
-The Scheme provides an advantage to the beneficiaries relative to their competitors within the European Union by contributing to their R&D expenses.
-The Scheme targets the whole sector (i.e aeronautics). It is therefore likely to affect trade between member states." (par. 33 of the letter from the EC to Belgium - Brussels,19 May 2009 C(2009)4080 'translated from French')
 
The Commission however decided to consider the measure compatible with theCommon Market according to the Article 87(3)(b) EC Treaty.
 
A state measure in the GTA database is assessed solely in terms of theextent to which its implementation affects the extent of discriminationagainst foreign commercial interests. On this metric, the state aidproposed here is discriminatory.
 

 

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

496 Aircraft & spacecraft; parts
8802 Other aircraft (for example, helicopters, aeroplanes); spacecraft (including satellites) and suborbital and spacecraft launch vehicles.
880211 Of an unladen weight not exceeding 2,000 kg
880220 Aeroplanes and other aircraft, of an unladen weight not exceeding 2,000 kg
880230 Aeroplanes and other aircraft, of an unladen weight exceeding 2,000 kg but not exceeding 15,000 kg
880240 Aeroplanes and other aircraft, of an unladen weight exceeding 15,000 kg
8803 Parts of goods of heading 88.01 or 88.02.
880310 Propellers and rotors and parts thereof
880320 Undercarriages and parts thereof
880330 Other parts of aeroplanes or helicopters
880390 Other

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