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Competition 09-02-2021

Massive German state aid to virus-hit firms? Others in EU doing as much or more: Vestager

Concerns that Germany may have an unfair competitive advantage because of billions of euros pumped into its virus-hit companies are not backed by data which show other EU states doing as much if not more for their businesses, Europe's antitrust chief said.
Economy & Jobs 03-02-2021

Britain sketches out post-Brexit state aid scheme

Britain wants to establish a more flexible system of subsidy rules than those in place when it was a member of the European Union, business minister Kwasi Kwarteng said on Wednesday (3 February).
Batteries 27-01-2021

Brussels approves €2.9 billion investment into battery innovation

Twelve EU countries will jointly invest almost three billion euros into innovation in battery cell technology for electric vehicles and energy storage, cementing the EU as a “global hotspot” for battery innovation, the European Commission announced on Tuesday (26 January).

EU considers allowing more state aid to boost green projects

European Union governments may be allowed to grant more state aid to projects that help the bloc achieve its climate goals, Europe’s antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said on Tuesday (22 September), calling such an incentive a “green bonus”.
Aviation 18-08-2020

EU clears €1bn plan to recapitalise virus-hit airline SAS

EU competition regulators on Monday (17 August) cleared a €1 billion plan by Denmark and Sweden to recapitalise virus-hit SAS, saying the measure would prevent the Scandinavian airline's insolvency.
Aviation 13-08-2020

US maintain tariffs on Airbus, EU urged to respond

The US government said on Wednesday (12 August) it would maintain 15% tariffs on Airbus aircraft and 25% tariffs on other European goods, despite moves by the EU to resolve a long-standing dispute over aircraft subsidies.
Economy & Jobs 19-06-2020

Portugal pushes ahead with plans for state-owned development bank

Portugal's government approved on Thursday (18 June) plans to create a state-owned development bank to channel funds into certain companies and sectors to bolster the economy.
Aviation 28-05-2020

Lufthansa board baulks at EU bailout terms

The board of German airline Lufthansa refused to accept the conditions of a €9 billion aid package on Wednesday (27 May), citing the European Commission's reported requirement that the carrier give up some airport slots at two of its major hubs.
Aviation 27-05-2020

Ryanair challenges Lufthansa’s bailout package

Low-cost carrier Ryanair challenged Germany's €9 billion rescue package for Lufthansa on Tuesday (26 May), saying it distorted competition, while the German carrier moves towards finalising the deal next month.
Economy & Jobs 20-05-2020

Germany still hesitating to link stimulus packages with climate targets

France, the Netherlands and Austria want to put environmentally friendly conditions on aid for corporations. In Germany, companies themselves are calling for a climate stimulus package, yet Economy Minister Peter Altmaier is hesitating. EURACTIV Germany reports.

The EU’s state aid regime is upside down

The European Commission’s approach to state aid is contradicting green recovery ambitions. While the EU recovery programme is focused on the Green Deal, national subsidy schemes are pouring money all across the economy without clear ecological focus, writes Claude Turmes.
Competition 18-05-2020

Vestager: Discrepancy in state aid distorts single market, hampers recovery

The European Union's competition chief Margrethe Vestager has expressed concern about the "huge differences" in coronavirus state aid among member states, saying they were starting to distort the bloc's single market.
Climate change 15-05-2020

Beware of jobs vs. climate clash in virus aftermath, EU warned

Governments in Europe and beyond should pay “utmost attention” to avoid a “jobs versus climate” confrontation in the recovery phase from the COVID-19 crisis, said Fatih Birol, the executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Environmental NGOs launch appeal for green reconstruction

An association of ten major European environmental organisations today (14 May) launched an appeal to the European Union to come up with a green and fair reconstruction plan. Today, the EU Parliament will vote on its position on this issue. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 14-05-2020

CAP budget increase, state aid, no mandatory labelling in F2F

Welcome to EURACTIV’s AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU. You can subscribe here if you haven’t done so yet. Agriculture Commissioner backs Poland’s plan to hike CAP spending The EU’s Agriculture Commissioner,...
Agrifood 14-05-2020

EU agri chief warns against risks of state aid overuse in farming sector

Excessive use of state aid to bail out struggling farmers during the COVID-19 crisis could be a cause for concern for the single market and fair competition in the member states, according to the European Commissioner for agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski.

EU urges national governments to take the lead on ‘green’ state aid

The European Union's top climate official encouraged governments on Monday to attach green conditions to public support for coronavirus-hit companies, after the bloc's executive opted not to do so at the EU level.

EU eyes green conditions on state aid to virus-hit firms

An imminent revision of EU state aid rules for troubled firms during the COVID-19 outbreak could either uphold the bloc's climate goals or descend into “greenwashing”, a senior EU lawmaker has warned.
5G 06-05-2020

Vestager urges EU member states not to backtrack on 5G

The European Commission's Vice-President for Digital, Margrethe Vestager, has urged EU telecoms ministers to "limit as much as possible" any delays to their 5G spectrum assignments, amid the current challenges to the industry brought on by the coronavirus crisis.
Competition 04-05-2020

Germany gains most from relaxed EU state aid rules

Germany accounts for more than half of the emergency coronavirus state aid approved by the EU executive, prompting concerns that countries with the deepest pockets might be getting an unfair advantage in the bloc's single market.

Questions remain over green aspects of EU recovery plan

EU leaders on Thursday (23 April) tasked the European Commission with drafting a trillion-euro “recovery fund” linked to the EU budget but didn’t specify how it will support the green transition they claim to be committed to.
Competition 23-04-2020

Austria demands ‘greater flexibility’ of EU state aid law in letter to Vestager

While EU member states are hardly allowed to support their companies financially in normal times, the coronavirus crisis has made state aid essential for the survival of most businesses. In a letter to Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, Austria's government called for the suspension of state aid law in sensitive areas. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 20-04-2020

Ministers press Commission to trigger private storage against food price shocks

In a joint statement agreed last Friday (17 April), all EU-27 farm ministers called for activating the private storage aid (PSA) to support those agri-food sectors where significant market disturbances and price impacts have been assessed due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Economy & Jobs 17-04-2020

Bulgarian Deputy PM: Eastern Europe could replace China in sectors critical to the EU

The countries of Central and Eastern Europe do not have the huge human resources of China, but they do have plenty of advantages that must be used after the end of the pandemic, said Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV Bulgaria.
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