The main objective of the hearing is to brainstorm on the challenges and opportunities arising from the current State Aid rules for services of general economic interest (SGEI).
“The 2016 State Aid Scoreboard, published today by the European Commission, shows the benefits of the State Aid Modernisation package taking place. Around 95% of new implemented aid measures fell under the new General Block Exemption Regulation and could be implemented without prior Commission approval. Margrethe Vestager, Commissioner in charge of competition, said: “The modernisation of State Aid rules, which we started in 2012, is benefitting both those that receive state aid and public authorities. More than nine out of ten new aid measures are being paid out without requiring prior authorisation from the Commission. This avoids unnecessary delays and allows us to focus our efforts on state aid more likely to cause competition and trade problems.” A full press release is available online in EN, FR and DE. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Yizhou Ren – Tel.: +32 229 94889)”
Source: European Commission
The European Commission has approved a Czech support scheme for electricity generation from high-efficiency combined heat and power plants under EU state aid rules. The Commission concluded the measure would support EU energy and climate change goals without unduly distorting competition.
(Published in accordance with Article 10 of Commission Regulation (EC) No 794/2004 of 21 April 2004 (OJ L 140, 30.4.2004, p. 1))
“The European Commission has found amendments to the German renewable energy scheme to be in line with EU state aid rules. As of 2017 support will mainly be granted through auctions.This will promote the steady deployment of renewable energy whilst maintaining competition in the German energy market.”
The agenda includes a follow-up to the recent European Council and General Affairs Council meetings, resolutions, decisions and opinions adopted by the European Parliament, the European Ombudsman’s own-initiative inquiry concerning the transparency of trilogues and the ECA’s special report on “More efforts needed to raise awareness of and enforce compliance with State aid rules in cohesion policy.”