ANNOUNCEMENT 22 Mar 2011In March 2011, the government of Finland announced a change in private-sector financial support.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
Letter from the EC to Finland, 22.03.2011 (SA.31204)
Letter from the EC to Finland, 15.02.2016 (SA.42218)
On 22 March 2011, the European Commission approved state aid to Finnish wood fired CHP and forest chips fired power plants.
The state aid would be used to increase electricity production using renewable energy, in this case biomass, by providing a price guarantee by the state for wood fuel cogeneration plants.
The scheme is planned to run until 1 February 2020 with a total budget of 466.8 million EUR.
According to the Commission, "The notified aid measure allows the beneficiaries to be relieved, by means of State resources transferred directly from the State budget, of a part of the costs which they would normally have to bear themselves. Consequently, the financial aid from the State (granted by the Energy Market Authority - a public body) strengthens the position of beneficiaries in relation to their competitors in the EU and therefore has potentially distorting effects on competition. The energy produced by the beneficiary companies concerned might be subject to intra- community trade therefore the guaranteed price is likely to affect the trade between Member States".
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 15 February 2016, the Commission approved amendments to the scheme mentioned above. However, the changes were not substantial enough for a new measure to be included in this database.