Contribution to the EEAG State aid guidelines revision consultation
Europe: France Industrie welcomes the review of the guidelines on State aid for environmental protection and energy as it is crucial that competition law provides, in its various branches, significant incentives to achieve the European Green Deal objectives, especially amid the current context of Covid-19 pandemic.
France Industrie stress that non-EU competitors (USA, China) will be heavily supported by their Home States in pursuing their environmental transition, therefore becoming a key competitiveness factor, particularly in the industrial sector. Therefore, EEAG should consider the EU’s global competitiveness rather than the EU internal market only.
Moreover, it should be noted that the fact that certain States or certain companies, European or extra-European, apply a standard lower than European standards would be a source of unfair competition which should be considered (…)