State aid: Commission approves €50 million Italian scheme to support companies active in the region of Campania in the context of Russia’s war against Ukraine

Daily News 23 / 01 / 2023


Economy - published on 24 January 2023


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Source: European Commission Spokesperson’s Service

The European Commission has approved a €50 million Italian scheme to support companies active in the region of Campania in the context of Russia’s war against
Ukraine. The scheme was approved under the State aid
Temporary Crisis Framework
, adopted by the Commission on 23 March
2022
and amended on 20 July 2022 and
on 28 October 2022,
based on Article 107(3)(b) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (‘TFEU’), recognising that the EU economy is experiencing a serious disturbance.

Under the scheme, the aid will take the form of direct grants. The measure will be open to companies having an operative branch in the Campania Region established before the date
of application. The purpose of the scheme is to support investments to improve energy efficiency and to install facilities that produce energy from renewable sources. In order to be eligible,
companies must have recorded eligible expenses of a minimum of €150,000 up to a maximum of €2 million. The individual aid amount per beneficiary will be calculated based on a certain maximum
percentage (variable depending on its size) of its eligible costs.

The Commission found that the Italian scheme is in line with the conditions set out in the Temporary Crisis Framework. In particular, the aid (i) will not exceed €2 million per company; and (ii)
will be granted no later than 31 December 2023. The Commission concluded that the Italian scheme is necessary, appropriate and proportionate to remedy a serious disturbance in the economy of a
Member State, in line with Article 107(3)(b) TFEU and the conditions set out in the Temporary Crisis Framework. On this basis, the Commission approved the aid
measure under EU State aid rules.

More information on the Temporary Crisis Framework and other actions taken by the Commission to address the economic impact of Russia’s war against Ukraine can be found here. The
non-confidential version of the decision will be made available under case number SA.105350 in the State aid
register
on the Commission’s competition website once any
confidentiality issues have been resolved.

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