Sélecteur de langues
Brussels, 5 February 2009
Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said: “This measure will help alleviate the difficulties faced by UK businesses affected by the current situation without giving rise to disproportionate distortions of competition. Thanks to the excellent cooperation of the UK authorities, it was possible to approve the measure very quickly.”
The scheme is in line with the provisions of the temporary framework allowing limited amounts of aid under certain conditions. In particular, the maximum amount of aid does not exceed €500 000 per company and the scheme applies only to businesses which were not in difficulty on 1 July 2008.
This scheme is the first measure authorised for the UK under the new temporary framework for state aid (see IP/08/1993). The UK is the fourth country, after Germany (see IP/08/2063), France (see IP/09/72) and Portugal (see IP/09/71) to avail itself of the framework.
The decision will be made available under case number N 43/2009 in the State Aid Register on the DG Competition website. New publications of State aid decisions on the Internet and in the Official Journal are listed in the State aid Weekly e-News.