State aid: Commission approves €7 million Slovenian incentive scheme towards airlines affected by the coronavirus pandemic

Daily News 03 / 03 / 2022


Economia - pubblicata il 07 Marzo 2022


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Source: European Commission Spokesperson’s Service

The European Commission has found a €7 million Slovenian incentive scheme towards airlines affected by the coronavirus pandemic to be in line with the State aid
Temporary Framework
. The scheme is a re-introduction of an aid measure initially approved by the Commission on 16 November 2020
(SA.59124),
which expired on 31 December 2021. Under the scheme, the support will take the form of direct grants. The measure will be open to all interested airlines operating routes to and from Slovenia. The
level of support per beneficiary will depend on the number of passengers carried and on the number of flights performed. The measure is expected to benefit approximately 20 airlines. The objective
of the measure is to re-establish air connectivity to and from Slovenia, with a view to continue supporting the recovery of tourism and more broadly of the economy of Slovenia which have been
negatively affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The Commission found that the Slovenian scheme is in line with the conditions set out in the Temporary Framework. In particular, the aid (i) will
not exceed €2.3 million per beneficiary; and (ii) will be granted no later than 30 June 2022. The Commission therefore 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 and the conditions set out in the Temporary Framework. On this basis, the Commission approved the
measures 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 number SA.101675 in the State
aid register
on the Commission’s competition website once any
confidentiality issues have been resolved.

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