ANNOUNCEMENT 16 Jun 2016In June 2016, the government of Lithuania announced a change in private-sector financial support.
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EIB Information Sheet
European Commission (20 July 2015): The Investment Plan for Europe: Questions and Answers. Available at
EIB: European Fund for Strategic Investments - Questions and Answers. Available at http://www.eib.org/attachments/press/investment_plan_for_europe_qa_en.pdf
EC press release on Lithuanian state aid (SA.41539)
On 16 June 2016, the European Investment Bank agreed to provide 190 million EUR for two CHP power plants near Vilnius, as part of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (henceforth: EFSI).
Investment support by EIB
EFSI support does not fall under EU State Aid rules as it is meant as a tool to address "market failures or sub-optimal investment situations". However, the investment support does include favourable conditions in the form of public assumption of risk.
As described in the European Commission's Fact Sheet form 20 July 2015: "The type of risk-financing instruments will be designed so as to take uncertainty out ("first loss protection") of as such viable projects and therefore crowd-in private sector investments. Since the EFSI will take riskier tranches in investment projects, the private sector will be able to join under more favourable conditions." Furthermore, the EIB states that "The new initiative 'i.e. the EFSI' will benefit from the EIB's strong credit standing that enables funding at favourable conditions and across maturities".
State aid by Lithuania
On 19 September 2016, the European Commission announced in a press release that it also approved state aid worth 150 million EUR for one of the CHP plants. The funds will be provided by Lithuania.
A state measure in the GTA database is assessed solely in terms of the extent to which its implementation affects foreign commercial interests. On this metric, the investment support proposed here is discriminatory.