IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

National

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

Yes

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

all

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: 01 Apr 2014 | Removal date: 31 Dec 2020
Still in force

Financial grant

According to France, "The main objective of the notified measure is to promote the production of electricity from photovoltaic installations. [...] The scheme will be in force from 1 April 2014 until 31 December 2020. [...] For the period 2014-2020, the total budget is EUR 226 million (37.67 million EUR per year)." (translation of para. 5, 38 and 42 letter from the EC to France, Brussels 03.03.2017)

Based on the findings of the European Commission, "Beneficiaries operate on a liberalized electricity market characterized by cross-border trade. The advantageous treatment thus distorts competition and is liable to affect trade between Member States." (translation of para. 66 letter from the EC to the France, Brussels 03.03.2017)

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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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

171 Electrical energy
2716 Electrical energy. (optional heading)
271600 Electrical energy. (optional heading)

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