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: 10 Feb 2011 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Financial grant

On 10 February 2011, Polish authorities granted investment aid to the Swedspan Polska Spolka z o.o. for building a high-density fibreboard (hereafter: HDF) production plant in Bielsk Podlaski, the Podlaskie region. Out of the total costs (EUR 149.24 million), the state provided EUR 34.68 million. The majority of the state funds, namely EUR 29.47 million, originated from EU's innovation programme.
 
The beneficiary was established in June 2009 with the goal to become one of the main wood suppliers for the IKEA furniture industry network. Legally, the company is also a member of the IKEA Industry Poland Sp. z o.o. which in turn belongs to the IKEA Industry Group.
 
The construction of the production plant was finalised in September 2011, however, the entire production complex which also includes a sawmill and a value added production unit was opened only in May 2012.
 
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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314 Boards & panels
4411 Fibreboard of wood or other ligneous materials, whether or not bonded with resins or other organic substances.
441112 Of a thickness not exceeding 5 mm
441113 Of a thickness exceeding 5 mm but not exceeding 9 mm
441114 Of a thickness exceeding 9 mm
441192 Of a density exceeding 0.8 g/cm³

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