Emission Trading Scheme: the European Commission considers aid to energy-intensive industries
Under the auspices of the French Presidency, the EU institutions are considering the possibility of allowing State aid to help energy-intensive industries (such as chemical and aluminium producers) cope with increased electricity costs due to the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS). Although incentives for energy savings and energy efficiency must remain in place in order to achieve the EU’s long-term environmental objectives, if the measures under discussion are finally adopted, Member States will be allowed to grant State aid to a number of industry sectors provided certain conditions are fulfilled.
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