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: 11 Jul 2012 | Removal date: 09 Jan 2016
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Financial grant

On 11 July 2012, the European Commission approved a regional aid of EUR 43.67 million for the car manufacturer Porsche in order to extend a production plant in Leipzig, Germany. The extension is aimed at producing a new car model "Porsche Macan".
 
The beneficiaries Porsche Leipzig GmbH and Dr. Ing. H.c.F. Porsche Aktiengeselschhaft are subsidiaries of the Porsche Group, which in turn is part of the Volkswagen-Porsche-Group.
 
The aid will be paid out between 2012 and 2015 in the form of a direct grant and an investment premium (para. 3, letter from EC to Germany, Brussels 11.7.2012).
 
As pointed out by the EC, it will "relieve the beneficiaries from costs which they would normally have had to bear themselves. Therefore, they benefit from an economic advantage over their competitors" (para. 24).
 
Further, the EC stresses that "since the product is subject to trade between Member States, the support given is likely to affect trade between Member States" (para.25).
 
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 metrics, the state aid proposed here is discriminatory.
 

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

491 Motor vehicles, trailers & semi-trailers; parts
8703 Motor cars and other motor vehicles principally designed for the transport of persons (other than those of heading 87.02), including station wagons and racing cars.
870310 Vehicles specially designed for travelling on snow; golf cars and similar vehicles
870321 Of a cylinder capacity not exceeding 1,000 cc
870322 Of a cylinder capacity exceeding 1,000 cc but not exceeding 1,500 cc
870323 Of a cylinder capacity exceeding 1,500 cc but not exceeding 3,000 cc
870324 Of a cylinder capacity exceeding 3,000 cc
870331 Of a cylinder capacity not exceeding 1,500 cc
870332 Of a cylinder capacity exceeding 1,500 cc but not exceeding 2,500 cc
870333 Of a cylinder capacity exceeding 2,500 cc
870390 Other

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