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: 08 Mar 2011 | Removal date: 05 Jan 2016
Still in force

Financial grant

On 8 March 2011, the European Commission allowed German authorities to grant state aid for forestry measures as part of the Framework of the Common Task "Improvement of Agricultural Structures and Coastal Protection until the end of 2013.
 
The beneficiaries of the state aid are said to be "natural and legal persons of private and public law as owners of agricultural and forestry land, recognised forestry associations and equated associations" (para. 7, letter from the EC to Germany, Brussels 11.3.2014).
 
The original state aid was approved in 2007 and expired in 2010 (cf. Commission Decision C(2007) 3384 final as State aid No N 67/2007). However, the measure at hand has been modified regarding the maintaining and improving of the soil quality. Furthermore, the budget of this state aid was set to EUR 180 million.
 
On 20 September 2013, German authorities notified the European Commission on their intention to extend the framework until the end of 2015, i.e. for further two years, with an additional budget of EUR 140 million divided evenly between the two extended years.
 
As stated by the Commission, "aid to an undertaking appears to affect trade between Member States where that undertaking operates in a market open to intra-Community trade. The beneficiaries of the aid at issue operate on the timber market, which appears to be a market with significant intra-Union trade. Therefore, the present measure is liable to affect trade between Member States." (para. 23, letter from the EC to Germany, Brussels 8.3.2011)
 
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.

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

031 Wood in the rough
4401 Fuel wood, in logs, in billets, in twigs, in faggots or in similar forms; wood in chips or particles; sawdust and wood waste and scrap, whether or not agglomerated in logs, briquettes, pellets or similar forms.
440110 Fuel wood, in logs, in billets, in twigs, in faggots or in similar forms
4403 Wood in the rough, whether or not stripped of bark or sapwood, or roughly squared.
440320 Other, coniferous
440349 Other
440391 Of oak (Quercus spp.)
440392 Of beech (Fagus spp.)
440399 Other
311 Wood, sawn or chipped lengthwise, sliced or peeled, of a thickness exceeding 6 mm; railway or tramway sleepers (cross-ties) of wood, not impregnated
4407 Wood sawn or chipped lengthwise, sliced or peeled, whether or not planed, sanded or endjointed, of a thickness exceeding 6 mm.
440710 Coniferous
440722 Virola, Imbuia and Balsa
440725 Dark Red Meranti, Light Red Meranti and Meranti Bakau
440727 Sapelli
440728 Iroko
440729 Other
440791 Of oak (Quercus spp.)
440792 Of beech (Fagus spp.)
440793 Of maple (Acer spp.)
440794 Of cherry (Prunus spp.)
440795 Of ash (Fraxinus spp.)
440799 Other
312 Wood continuously shaped; wood wool, flour and chips
4401 Fuel wood, in logs, in billets, in twigs, in faggots or in similar forms; wood in chips or particles; sawdust and wood waste and scrap, whether or not agglomerated in logs, briquettes, pellets or similar forms.
440121 Coniferous
440122 Nonconiferous
313 Wood, rough or treated; railway sleepers; poles
4403 Wood in the rough, whether or not stripped of bark or sapwood, or roughly squared.
440310 Treated with paint, stains, creosote or other preservatives
4404 Hoopwood; split poles; piles, pickets and stakes of wood, pointed but not sawn lengthwise; wooden sticks, roughly trimmed but not turned, bent or otherwise worked, suitable for the manufacture of walkingsticks, umbrellas, tool handles or the like; chipwo
440410 Coniferous
392 Non-metal wastes or scraps
4401 Fuel wood, in logs, in billets, in twigs, in faggots or in similar forms; wood in chips or particles; sawdust and wood waste and scrap, whether or not agglomerated in logs, briquettes, pellets or similar forms.
440131 Wood pellets
440139 Other

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