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State aid: Commission approves Slovak support of €36 million for the construction of the national football stadium in Bratislava

Brussels, 24 May 2017

The European Commission has approved under EU state aid rules Slovakia's support for the construction of the national football stadium in Bratislava. The Commission found that the measure will further the promotion of sport and culture while preserving competition in the EU's Single Market.

Slovakia notified the Commission of its plans to grant in total €35.96 million of public support to the construction of the national football stadium in Bratislava. In particular, Slovakia will cover, by means of a direct grant, €27.2 million of the total effective investment costs of €75.2 million. Furthermore, Slovakia will give the beneficiary, NFŠ, a.s., a sale option which allows the beneficiary to sell the stadium to the state following its completion for up to €48 million, corresponding to the difference between the effective investment costs and the direct grant.

The Commission assessed the measure under Article 107(3)(c) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), which allows state aid to facilitate the development of certain economic activities or areas.

The Bratislava stadium will comply with the UEFA category 4 requirements. The stadium will be available to professional teams, including the Slovak national football team and a first league football club, but also to non-professional clubs, sports unions, schools and citizens for sportive, social and cultural events. Slovakia will ensure that the access to the stadium is granted on a transparent and non-discriminatory basis. The pricing conditions for its use will be publicly available. The Commission also found the aid to be proportional because it does not exceed the funding gap.

The Commission therefore concluded that the public funding granted to the stadium is in line with EU state aid rules.

Background

Before today's decision, the Commission had already authorised state aid for a number of sport stadiums in Belgium, France, and the United Kingdom.

The non-confidential version of this decision will be made available under the case number SA.46530 in the State Aid Register on the Commission's 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.

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