State Aid: Commission approves Dutch export-credit insurance scheme
European Commission - IP/09/1405 02/10/2009
Brussels, 2 nd October 2009
The European Commission has authorised, under EC Treaty state aid rules, a Dutch measure to provide insurance coverage to exporters who are unable to obtain cover from the private market as a result of the current financial crisis. The Commission found the measure to be in line with its Temporary Framework for state aid measures to support access to finance in the current financial and economic crisis (see ). In particular, the measure requires market-oriented remuneration and is focussed specifically on the problem of the current unavailability of short-term export credit insurance cover in the private market. The Commission authorised the measure until 31 December 2010.
Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said "The Dutch measure will provide export firms with the insurance cover they need while the private market is not able to do so but avoids any disproportionate distortion of competition".
Under the notified scheme, the State will provide a reinsurance facility, which would top up the cover offered by credit insurers in cases where the existing credit limits have been reduced or new limits given by credit insurers are lower than the amount requested by the insured company. The maximum possible top-up amount provided by the Dutch State is 100% of the credit limit offered by the credit insurer.
Moreover, the measure presents safeguards to avoid that financially-unsound transactions and counterparties, which would not obtain the insurance cover even under normal market conditions, unduly benefit from the measure.