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EC approves electricity aid for Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Poland

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Staff Writer | February 7, 2018
The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules electricity capacity mechanisms in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Poland. The Commission found that the measures will contribute to ensuring security of supply whilst preserving competition in the Single Market.
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Energy   EU State aid rules
Capacity mechanisms have the important objective of ensuring security of electricity supply. But if they are not well-designed they may cause higher electricity prices for consumers, give undue advantages to certain energy operators or hinder electricity flows across EU borders.

That is why the Commission has, in close cooperation with the relevant national authorities, assessed six mechanisms in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Poland to ensure they meet strict criteria under EU State aid rules, in particular the Commission's 2014 Guidelines on State Aid for Environmental Protection and Energy.

In this context, the Commission has also taken into account insights from its 2016 State aid sector inquiry on capacity mechanisms. Thi's decisions complement the Commission's Energy Union Strategy to deliver secure, sustainable and competitive energy in Europe.