16 Apr 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 16 APRILBrussels Daily
State aid: Commission approves support to 20 offshore wind farms
The European Commission has found that German plans to support the building of 20 offshore wind farms are in line with EU state aid rules. Seventeen wind farms will be located in the North Sea and three in the Baltic Sea. The Commission assessed the projects under its Guidelines on State aid for environmental protection and energy that entered into force in July 2014. It concluded that the projects contribute to reaching Germany’s 2020 targets for renewable energy without unduly distorting competition in the single market. In particular, the Commission verified that the state aid is limited to what is necessary to realising the investment. The Commission also took into consideration that these projects will enable new electricity providers to enter the German generation market. This will have a positive effect on competition. A press release is available online here.
The Commission approves two new Protected Geographical Indications
The Commission has approved the addition of two new products from Portugal to the register of Protected Geographical Indications (PGIs). These are ‘Chouriça de Carne de Melgaço’, a smoked and cold-cured horseshoe-shaped sausage and ‘Presunto de Melgaço’, a smoked ham, the shape of which is obtained using a long and elongated cut. The geographical area for the production of these two products covers all parishes of the Municipality of Melgaço in Portugal. These two denominations will be added to the list of over 1,200 products already protected. More information: webpages on quality products and DOOR database of protected products.
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