ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARYYes
According to the government of France, "The measure is intended to support high-efficiency natural gas-fueled cogeneration power and heat generating plants with electric power less than or equal to 1 MW. France has indicated that cogeneration plants with an electrical power of less than or equal to 1 MW are used in the tertiary sector to meet heating needs. [...] The provisional annual budget is 14 million EUR. [...] The aid scheme is not limited in time but France has undertaken to re-notify the scheme within 10 years." (translation of para. 3, 9 and 11 letter from the EC to France, Brussels 24.08.2016)
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. 40 letter from the EC to the France, Brussels 24.08.2016)
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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