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: 13 Nov 2013 | Removal date: 12 Jan 2015
Still in force

Financial grant

On 13 November 2013, the European Commission allowed the Dutch authorities to provide the VDL NedCar with a direct grant worth EUR 6.5 million aimed at promoting regional development and job safeguarding in Born in the region of Limburg.
 
The beneficiary is a former subsidiary of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation and was sold to Van Der Leegte Beheer B.V. on 14 December 2012. After Mitsubishi decided not to produce any new models in the factory in 2012, the new owners decided to transform NedCar from an Original Equipment Manufacturer into a Vehicle Contract Manufacturer (herafter: VCM), meaning it would produce cars for different companies - conditional on finding a new customer. In September 2012, a deal was struck with BMW indicating that the factory would manufacture Mini models as of the second half of 2014.
 
In order to allow for this transformation of NedCar into a VCM, an investment worth EUR 82.3 million was necessary. The Dutch authorities agreed to provide 7.89% of those costs in the form of a direct grant in tranches in 2013 and 2014. The state aid was conditional on the investment remaining in the region for the upcoming 5 years.
 
As pointed out by the Commission, "considering that the measure concerns an undertaking involved in activities subject to trade between Member States, there is a risk that the aid could affect that trade." (para. 36, letter from the EC to Netherlands, Brussels 13.11.2013)
 
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.

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441 Agricultural or forestry machinery & parts
8716 Trailers and semitrailers; other vehicles, not mechanically propelled; parts thereof.
871620 Selfloading or selfunloading trailers and semitrailers for agricultural purposes
444 Machinery for mining, quarrying & construction; parts
8704 Motor vehicles for the transport of goods.
870410 Dumpers designed for offhighway use
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
8704 Motor vehicles for the transport of goods.
870421 g.v.w. not exceeding 5 tonnes
870422 g.v.w. exceeding 5 tonnes but not exceeding 20 tonnes
870423 g.v.w. exceeding 20 tonnes
870431 g.v.w. not exceeding 5 tonnes
870432 g.v.w. exceeding 5 tonnes
870490 Other
492 Motor vehicle bodies; trailers & parts thereof
8716 Trailers and semitrailers; other vehicles, not mechanically propelled; parts thereof.
871610 Trailers and semitrailers of the caravan type, for housing or camping
871631 Tanker trailers and tanker semitrailers
871639 Other
871640 Other trailers and semitrailers
871690 Parts
499 Other transport equipment & parts
8716 Trailers and semitrailers; other vehicles, not mechanically propelled; parts thereof.
871680 Other vehicles

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