ANNOUNCEMENT 13 Aug 2009In August 2009, the government of Germany announced a change in production support.
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22nd subsidy report by the Finance Ministry, pp. 138-139 (in German)
EC press release on the recovery (SA.30068)
On 13 August 2009, according to the 22nd subsidy report by the Finance Ministry, the German government introduced a state aid scheme worth 40 million EUR. The scheme is aimed at supporting the production of climate-friendly non-ferrous metals in particularly enegry-intensive companies, "in order to compensate for the high industrial electricity prices" (own translation, p.139).
According to the report, the general goal of this scheme is the preservation of the non-ferrous metals industry. The scheme was set to expire at the end of the year.
A state measure in the GTA database is assessed solely in terms of the extent to which its implementation affects the extent of discrimination against foreign commercial interests. On this metric, the state aid proposed here is discriminatory.
On 17 July 2013, the European Commission decided that the state aid provided by Germany to the non-ferrous metal industry was incompatible with the single market and required the full recovery of the aid provided.