In January 2011, the government of Italy announced a change in private-sector financial support.



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Inception date: 01 Jan 2011 | Removal date: 31 Dec 2013

Financial grant

The beneficiary of the aid, 3Sun, is a joint venture between STMicroelectronics NV (ST), Sharp Corporation (hereinafter referred to as 'Sharp') and Enel Green Power SpA (EGP). The main business activities of 3Sun are the manufacture and assembly of thin-film PV modules produced on the basis of multiple-junction technology.
The objective of the measure is to promote the economic development of the region of Sicilia to a new plant for the production of photovoltaic (PV) modules. The aid is granted by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development in the form of a direct grant. The total amount of aid is 49 million Euros.
The Commission gave the following assessment:
"The measure involves the use of State resources in the meaning of Article 107(1)of the TFEU as the aid is granted by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development from the public budget. The measure is selective as the aid is granted to 3Sun to which it confers an advantage by relieving it of charges it would normally have to bear; the measure may therefore distort or threaten to distort competition. The measure is likely to affect trade between Member States as it applies to the sector of the manufacture of PV modules, which is a sector where such trade exists. It can therefore be considered that the notified measure constitutes State aid within the meaning of Article 107(1) of the TFEU." (par. 29 of the letter from the EC to Italy - Brussels, 05.04.2011 C(2011) 2127 final).
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.