ANNOUNCEMENT 22 Jan 2014In January 2014, the government of Poland announced a change in private-sector financial support.
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Official letter from the EC to Poland in English, SA.37673:
On 22 January 2014, theEuropean Commission allowed the Polish authorities to grant state aidfor the renewal of rolling stock for PKP IC to serve the interregionalline Warszawa-Szczecin.
The beneficiary, PKP IC, is apassenger rail operator owned by the Polish State Railways (PKP SA).The company's share of the Poland's passenger transport circulatesaround 4.5% and its share of the passenger rail market in Poland is about 13%.
The aid will be provided inthe form of a direct grant worth approximately EUR 14.2 million for thepurchase of 20 new passanger carriages as part of a regional investmentproject. Another EUR 14.2 million will be provided through debt financing.
The Commission stated that"PKP IC provides international passenger services that are opened tocompetition. Moreover, when providing passenger services, PKP ICcompetes with other modes of transport. Consequently, the aid is liable to distort competition and affect trade between MemberStates." (para. 22, letter from the EC to Poland, Brussels 22.1.2014)
A state measure in the GTAdatabase is assessed solely in terms of the extent to which itsimplementation affects the extent of discrimination against foreigncommercial interests. On this metric, the state aid proposed here is discriminatory.