In April 2014, the government of Germany announced a change in private-sector financial support.



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Official letter from the EC to Germany in English, SA.37322:

Inception date: 09 Apr 2014 | Removal date: 07 Jan 2016

Financial grant

On 9 April 2014, the Commission allowed German authorities to grant an investment aid to the Hamburg City Airport. The aid worth EUR 10.85 million will be used to finance an alternative power supply for cruise ships during a port call.
The beneficiary party is the Hamburg Port Authority who will own the new infrastructure. The undertaking is "a public authority in charge of general safety and water pollution control", as well as "rendering services to maritime operators against remuneration which are of an economic nature, such IT, cargo, containers storage and consultancy services" (para. 5, letter from the EC to Germany, Brussels 9.4.2014).
The investment will be used for a static shore-side power supplying connection fed by the national electricity grid in the Altona cruise terminal and for the necessary infrastructure for the provision of electricity by liquefied natural gas-powered ships at the HafenCity cruise terminal.
Out of the needed EUR 10.85 million, EUR 8.85 million will be provided by the City of Hamburg, whilst the remaining EUR 2 million will be financed by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment.
As stated by the Commission, "trade between Member State should also be affected, since cruise operators are active in neighbouring countries all around the North and Baltic Seas. An advantage granted to a port operator in an EU Member State is likely to enhance its ability to compete with other port operators in the EU to attract traffic and reinforce its market position." (para. 40)
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.
Based on the statement about potential competitors above, the list of affected countries includes all countries neighbouring the North and Baltic Seas.