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State Aid: New guidelines on aid for environmental protection and energy adopted



The EFTA Surveillance Authority has adopted new guidelines on state aid for environmental protection and energy for the period 2014–2020. The guidelines correspond to similar rules adopted by the European Commission.

The adoption of these new guidelines is one of the final key elements of the wider reform of state aid control under way since 2012.

State aid for environmental protection and energy can play an important part in fostering a greener economy, in particular by achieving a balance between increased environmental protection and maintaining the competitiveness of industry in the EFTA States. The new rules provide a detailed framework on how such aid can be declared compatible.

The new guidelines contain a number of changes to the current rules, including the gradual introduction of market-based mechanisms for renewable energy support and the possibility of reducing the burden of environmental charges for certain energy-intensive sectors. In addition, the guidelines have been redrawn to achieve greater legal certainty for beneficiaries and EFTA States alike.

The guidelines will be applied to large environmental and energy aid measures not covered by the rules set out in the new General Block Exemption Regulation, the scope of which has also been widened.

The new Guidelines will be in force as from today.


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For further information, please contact:

Mr. Andreas Kjeldsberg Pihl
Press & Information Officer
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
mob. (+32)(0)492 900 187


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