ANNOUNCEMENT 01 Jan 2011In January 2011, the government of Sweden announced a change in private-sector financial support.
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letter from the EC to Sweden - Brussels, 14.12.2010 C(2010)8921final - http://ec.europa.eu/competition/state_aid/cases/236758/236758_1225351_203_2.pdf
Under the proposed measure, the Swedish authorities plan to provide aid for R&D activities relating to the development of a pre-commercial demonstration plant for indirect gasification of low-quality forest raw material into bio-methane.
The beneficiary of the aid is Göteborg Energi AB (hereinafter: "Göteborg Energi"), which is an energy company located in Göteborg, Western Sweden. In 2009, the company had 888 employees and a turnover of SEK 3 580 million (ca. EUR 386 million).
The Commission gave the following assessment:
"The notified grant will be provided by the Swedish authorities from the State budget, i.e. it is financed from State resources. The grant is provided exclusively to the beneficiary and by relieving it from R&D costs which should otherwise have been borne by the company, the measure confers an advantage to this company. The beneficiary is active in the gas sector, which is open for competition and trade between Member States. The aid could improve the financial situation and enhance the market position of the beneficiary and thereby distorts or threatens to distort competition and affects trade between the Member States." (par. 36 of the letter from the EC to Sweden - Brussels, 14.12.2010 C(2010)8921final).
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.