ANNOUNCEMENT 25 Jul 2012

On 25 July 2012, the European Commission approved an Italian financial grant scheme to support companies and individuals investing in the electrification of remote areas in Trentino-Alto Adige.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

1

  • 1 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 0 liberalising

SOURCE

SA.32113. Aid schemes for energy savings, teleriscaldamento and electrification in Alto Adige/S├╝dtirol - Italy :
http://ec.europa.eu/competition/elojade/isef/case_details.cfm?proc_code=3_SA_32113

Original publication:
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/JOHtml.do?uri=OJ:C:2013:001:SOM:EN:HTML

European Commission decision. SA.32113
http://ec.europa.eu/competition/state_aid/cases/238795/238795_1384153_123_2.pdf

Inception date: 25 Jul 2012 | Removal date: 31 Dec 2016

Financial grant

On 25 July 2012, the European Commission approved a direct financial grant scheme with a budget of EUR 187 (USD 233.75) million from Italy. The measures under the scheme support any company (such as electricity distributors) and individual (end-user) investing in energy savings, district heating, and electrification of remote areas in Alto Adige through financial grants. The scheme is in force until 31.12.2016.

Under this selective scheme, Alto Adige will finance projects (through the general budget of the Province) by covering investments in tangible and intangible assets (for example, construction of the instrumental buildings and distribution infrastructure) for efficient electricity distribution throughout the region.

In this context, the European Commission noted: 'As the related markets are open to competition and to intra-EU trade, according to settled case-law, the schemes are liable to affect intra-EU trade and to distort competition within the EU'.

Regardless, the Commission has decided not to raise objections to the aid on the grounds that the measures are 'compatible with Article 107(3)(c) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.'

The state aid is notified under the following objective: Energy saving.

A state act in the GTA database is assessed solely in terms of the extent to which its implementation affects foreign commercial interests. On this metric, the financial support granted here is discriminatory.

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