03/07/2013 um 11:30
Wo: Brussels, Belgium
Veranstalter: Europäische Kommission
On 3 July, the European Commission will launch a public consultation on its new draft guidelines for state aid to the aviation sector in the EU. The next guidelines will set out how Member States can support airports and airlines in line with EU state aid rules.
The stakeholders will have 12 weeks to provide comments on the draft guidelines. In light of the submissions received, the Commission will adopt revised guidelines in the beginning of 2014.
Member States' public funding of airports and airlines is currently assessed by the Commission under the 2005 Aviation Guidelines. These Guidelines contain provisions for assessing public support measures to airports and for the start-up of airline services from regional airports.
In view of the significant market changes that have taken place over the last decade, the Commission initiated a review, with a first public consultation in 2011 (see IP/11/445). The consultation confirmed the need to review the existing rules.
At the same time the Commission is working on around 60 state aid investigations in the aviation sector.
The new draft Guidelines will reflect the objectives and principles of State Aid Modernisation (see IP/12/458).
It will aim at ensuring that taxpayers' money is well-spent and that a level playing field is preserved in the Single Market between airports and airlines, regardless of their business models (from large hubs to regional airports and from flag carriers to low-cost airlines).
11.30 Vice-President Almunia will give a press conference at the Berlaymont press room in Brussels.