Consultation - State Aid - Draft Communication on State Aid to Promote Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI)

Consultation - State Aid - Draft Communication on State Aid to Promote Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI)

Monday, 10 March 2014

The European Commission has opened on 28 January 2014 a consultation related to a Draft Communication on State aid to promote Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI). The IPCEI will modernise state aid control in order to foster smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

CER welcomes this initiative and would like to contribute to this consultation in order to address some concerns and needs for clarifications relating to the content of the draft guidelines.

CER has two major concerns in relation with this draft communication: first of all, it is important that this communication comforts other EU initiatives like TEN-T or rail freight corridors and allows for a swift and coherent application of competition law.

Secondly, CER believes that this draft communication will play an important role in the railway sector and therefore it is important that the design of the rules is thought with EU transport policy and economics challenges in mind.