The European Commission has proposed, in two separate decisions, that Italy and Spain align their taxation of ports with State aid rules. The Commission remains committed to ensure a level playing field across the EU in this key economic sector.
The authorisation notice has been published in the Official Journal.
La Commission européenne a autorisé, en vertu des règles de l’UE en matière d’aides d’État, le regroupement, la prolongation et la modification de deux régimes de soutien en faveur du secteur du transport maritime en France.
The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules a €20 million aid scheme to support noise reduction of rail freight traffic in Italy. The aid will be granted through a reimbursement of up to 50% of the cost of equipping rail freight wagons operating in Italy, which have been put into circulation before 1 January 2015 with less noisy composite brake blocks.
The European Commission has found that an integrated project jointly notified by France, Germany, Italy and the UK for research and innovation in microelectronics, a key enabling technology, is in line with EU State aid rules and contributes to a common European interest.
The four Member States will provide in the coming years up to €1.75 billion in funding for this project that aims to unlock an additional €6 billion in private investment. The project should be completed by 2024 (with differing timelines for each sub-project).
The European Commission has authorised Greece, under EU State aid rules, to extend by 20 years the concession granted to AIA to operate Athens International Airport. The fee AIA will pay for the extension respects market conditions, and therefore AIA receives no undue economic advantage or aid.
EIB and Croatian Rimac Automobili sign EUR 30 million loan for investment in research and development of electric vehicles and related components.
The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules a German aid scheme to promote the shift of freight traffic from road to rail.