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European Commission

Press release

Brussels, 11 July 2012

State aid: Commission temporarily approves rescue aid for German shipbuilding company P+S Werften

The European Commission has authorised under EU state aid rules, a state guarantee backing a rescue loan of €152.4 million for the German shipbuilder P+S Werften in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The aid is in line with EU rules on rescue aid because it is limited in time and scope. The Commission approved the measure temporarily, until it can take a position on the restructuring plan to be submitted by Germany within maximum six months.

The Commission authorised a short-term measure to tackle liquidity problems and enable P+S Werften to pay creditors and properly maintain production pending the implementation of a restructuring plan.

The Commission found the measure to be in line with its guidelines on the rescue and restructuring of companies in difficulties (see MEMO/04/172). In particular, the aid amount is limited to what is needed to keep the company in business over the next six months. Moreover, the German authorities have committed to submit in maximum six months a restructuring plan capable of ensuring the future viability of P+S Werften.

Background

P+S Werften GmbH was created in 2010 through the merger of the two long-established German shipbuilding companies Volkswerft Stralsund GmbH and Peene Werft GmbH. It operates two shipyards in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and employs approximately 1,800 employees. It has been facing financial difficulties for several months, due to financial burdens stemming from past developments and the specific liquidity constraints of shipbuilding.

The non-confidential version of the decision will be made available under the case number SA.34920 in the State Aid Register on the DG Competition website once any confidentiality issues have been resolved. New publications of state aid decisions on the internet and in the Official Journal are listed in the State Aid Weekly e-News.

Contacts :

Antoine Colombani (+32 2 297 45 13)

Marisa Gonzalez Iglesias (+32 2 295 19 25)


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