State aid: Commission approves €20 million Italian schemes to support small book publishers and the music, recording and phonographic industry in context of coronavirus outbreak

Daily News 17 / 11 / 2020


Economia - pubblicata il 18 Novembre 2020


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Source: European Commission Spokesperson’s Service

The European Commission has approved two Italian schemes, with a total budget of €20 million, to support respectively small book publishers and the music, recording and phonographic industry in the
context of the coronavirus outbreak. The two schemes were approved under the State aid Temporary
Framework
. The public support will take the form of direct grants to small book publishers and companies active in the music, recording and phonographic sectors that have experienced a
significant revenue reduction due to the coronavirus outbreak. The budget will be allocated as follows: (i) €10 million for small book publishers; and (ii) €10 million for companies active in the
music, recording and phonographic industry. Both schemes aim to address the liquidity needs of the beneficiaries and to help them to continue their activities during and after the outbreak. The
Commission found that the schemes are in line with the conditions set out in the Temporary Framework. In particular, the support (i) will not exceed €800,000 per company; and (ii) will be granted
before 30 June 2021. The Commission concluded that the measure 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. On this basis, the Commission approved the measure under EU State aid rules. More information on the Temporary Framework and other actions taken by the Commission to address the
economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic can be found here.
The non-confidential version of the decision will be made available under the case numbers SA.58801 and SA.58847 in the State aid register on
the Commission’s competition website once any
confidentiality issues have been resolved.

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