ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARYNo
According to Germany, "The offshore wind industry has been a growing sector in the region. In light of foreseen continuous high demand in the port related to the offshore wind energy, the objective of the notified project is to extend the existing port by constructing a new terminal to be used to meet said demand, called Offshore Terminal Bremerhaven (OTB). [...] The project will be financed through a direct grant by the FHB in the amount of EUR 155.3 million (EUR 107 million discounted)." (para.3 and 16 letter from the EC to Germany, Brussels 13.10.2016).
Based on the findings of the European Commission, "After completion of the project the port of Bremerhaven will increase its capacity and will, therefore, at least potentially increase competition between ports in Europe and in particular in the relevant geographical markets identified above. Thus, the project is capable of affecting competition and trade between Member States by potentially diverting commerce away from other Member States." (para. 56 letter from the EC to Germany, Brussels 13.10.2016)
In the GTA database the determination of whether a policy instrument discriminates against foreign commercial interests turns on whether it creates or alters the relative treatment of domestic firms versus foreign commercial interests. On this metric, the state aid proposed here is discriminatory because the state aid is not available to competing firms outside of the implementing jurisdiction.
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