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According to France, "The measure is intended to support hydroelectric facilities. The hydroelectricity referred to here is limited to electricity obtained from the hydraulic energy of lakes, watercourses and gravity-collected water. [...] The provisional annual budget is 25 million EUR, ie 508 million EUR over a period of 20 years." (translation of para. 3 and 11 letter from the EC to France, Brussels 03.03.2017)
Based on the findings of the European Commission, "Electricity is the subject of considerable trade between Member States. Any advantage given to a given mode of electricity production is therefore liable to distort competition and affect trade between Member States." (translation of para. 70 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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