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Community Guidelines on State Aid for Environmental Protection


Official Journal of the European Union

Topic: Fuel Poverty
Fuel Poverty
Chronic Conditions
Type: Guideline
Region: Europe

The spring 2007 European Council called on Member States and EU institutions to pursue actions to develop a sustainable integrated European climate and energy policy. The Council stated among other things: Given that energy production and use are the main sources for greenhouse gas emissions, an integrated approach to climate and energy policy is needed to realise this objective. Integration should be achieved in a mutually supportive way. With this in mind, the Energy Policy for Europe (EPE) will pursue the following three objectives, fully respecting Member States' choice of energy mix and sovereignty over primary energy sources and underpinned by a spirit of solidarity amongst Member States: - increasing security of supply, - ensuring the competitiveness of European economies and the availability of affordable energy, - promoting environmental sustainability and combating climate change. The primary objective of State aid control in the field of environmental protection is to ensure that State aid measures will result in a higher level of environmental protection than would occur without the aid and to ensure that the positive effects of the aid outweigh its negative effects in terms of distortions of competition, taking account of the polluter pays principle (hereafter PPP) established by Article 174 of the EC Treaty



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Official Journal of the European Union. (2008) Community Guidelines on State Aid for Environmental Protection [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 16th June 2019].


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