IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

National

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

firm-specific

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: 06 Apr 2017 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Capital injection and equity stakes (including bailouts)

According to France, the "Areva Group is a French energy group that provides products and services throughout the nuclear cycle, from the uranium mine to the recycling of spent fuel, to the design of nuclear reactors and services for their operation. [...] Areva Group will face financial maturities that it will not be able to meet without state liquidity support. [Therefore,] the French State plans to grant the Areva Group a credit of EUR 3.3 billion in the form of two advances in shareholder current account." (translation of para. 5, 13 and 14 letter from the EC to France, Brussels 27.02.2017)

Based on the findings of the European Commission, "The different markets in the nuclear cycle in which the Areva Group is active are open to competition in Europe and are characterized by significant trade between States. By granting Areva Group access to liquidity with conditions which the Group could not otherwise obtain, the French State's loan is likely to strengthen the competitive position of the beneficiary in relation to that of its competitors in the internal market. Thus, the granting of the loan distorts or threatens to distort competition and affects trade between Member States." (translation of para. 25 letter from the EC to the France, Brussels 27.02.2017)

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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