State aid: Commission approves reintroduction of Czech scheme to support construction and upgrade of combined transport terminals

Daily News 03 / 03 / 2022


Economy - published on 07 March 2022


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Source: European Commission Spokesperson’s Service

The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, the reintroduction of a Czech scheme to support the construction and upgrade of combined transport terminals. The previous aid
scheme, approved by the Commission in August 2015 (SA.39962)
covered the period between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2020, with a maximum total budget of approximately €93 million (CZK 2.5 billion). Czechia notified the re-introduction of the scheme until
31 December 2027. The budget of the scheme will amount to €68.7 million (CZK 1.7 billion), i.e. the remaining budget from the previous scheme. All other conditions of the scheme remain the same.
The Commission’s original assessment of the scheme under Article 93 of
the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) regarding transport coordination therefore remains unchanged. In this respect, the measure is necessary and proportionate to achieve the
objective pursued, namely to expand the capacity of combined transport terminals, in particular for the purposes of continental combined transport, thus facilitating the shift of freight transport
from road to rail, and, where appropriate, to inland waterway transport, in Czechia. The measure will therefore continue to be beneficial both for the environment and for mobility as it supports
rail and inland waterway transport, which are less polluting than road transport, while also decreasing road congestion. Furthermore, the aid has an ‘incentive effect’ as the beneficiaries would
not carry out the investments in the absence of the public support. The Commission therefore concluded that the measure will contribute to transport coordination and facilitate the shift of freight
transport to greener transport, in line with the EU policy objectives, including those set out in the Green
Deal
, without unduly distorting competition in the Single Market. On this basis, the Commission approved the measure under EU State aid rules. The non-confidential version of the decision will
be made available under the case number SA.100031 in the State aid register on the
Commission’s competition website once any
confidentiality issues have been resolved.

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