2010/0220(NLE)

State aid to facilitate the closure of uncompetitive coal mines

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2010/0220(NLE) State aid to facilitate the closure of uncompetitive coal mines
RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead ECON RAPKAY Bernhard (S&D)
Opinion ITRE REUL Herbert (EPP), JADOT Yannick (Verts/ALE)
Opinion REGI BŘEZINA Jan (EPP)
Lead committee dossier: ECON/7/03615
Legal Basis TFEU TFEU 107-p3-ae, TFEU TFEU 109
Subjects
Links

Activites

  • 2010/12/21 Final act published in Official Journal
  • 2010/12/10 Act adopted by Council after consultation of Parliament
  • #3057
  • 2010/12/10 Council Meeting
  • 2010/12/10 End of procedure in Parliament
  • 2010/11/23 Text adopted by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
    • T7-0424/2010 summary
    • Results of vote in Parliament
  • 2010/11/23 Commission response to text adopted in plenary
  • 2010/11/12 Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
  • 2010/11/09 Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
  • #3036
  • 2010/10/14 Council Meeting
  • 2010/10/11 Deadline Amendments
  • 2010/10/07 Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
  • 2010/09/30 EP officialisation
  • 2010/09/20 Committee draft report
  • 2010/07/06 Legislative proposal
    • COM(2010)0372 summary
    • SEC(2010)0850
    • SEC(2010)0851
    • DG Competition, ALMUNIA Joaquín

Documents

Votes

Rapport Rapkay A7-0324/2010 - Am 36

2010/11/23
Position Total ALDE ECR EFD GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 137 0 15 3 0 18 57 44 0 0
Against 484 76 34 14 3 4 178 123 52 0
Abstain 41 0 0 9 26 2 1 3 0 0

Rapport Rapkay A7-0324/2010 - Am 25

2010/11/23
Position Total ALDE ECR EFD GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 453 6 25 13 22 14 218 153 2 0
Against 184 68 23 5 4 8 10 17 49 0
Abstain 16 1 0 7 3 2 0 2 1 0

Rapport Rapkay A7-0324/2010 - Am 28 S

2010/11/23
Position Total ALDE ECR EFD GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 483 0 49 20 21 19 233 141 0 0
Against 170 75 1 5 0 3 8 26 52 0
Abstain 10 0 0 1 6 1 0 2 0 0

Rapport Rapkay A7-0324/2010 - Résolution législative

2010/11/23
Position Total ALDE ECR EFD GUE/NGL NI PPE S&D Verts/ALE correctional
For 465 9 26 5 24 9 233 159 0 0
Against 159 61 22 1 2 7 5 10 51 0
Abstain 39 1 0 20 4 6 3 4 1 0
AmendmentsDossier
246 2010/0220(NLE) State aid to facilitate the closure of uncompetitive coal mines
2010/09/20 ECON, ECON 11 amendments...
source: PE-448.908
2010/09/27 REGI 20 amendments...
source: PE-448.995
2010/10/21 ITRE 27 amendments...
source: PE-450.934
2010/10/29 ITRE 87 amendments...
source: PE-452.594
2010/11/10 REGI 29 amendments...
source: PE-450.663
2010/12/10 ECON 72 amendments...
source: PE-450.639

History

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    • The Commission briefed the Council on its proposal aiming to phase out subsidies in order to facilitate the closure of uncompetitive coal mines. It stressed, nevertheless, that EU objectives concerning climate change must be taken into account and that investments should be redirected to renewable energies. Such state aid would be allowed only in the context of closure plans to completed by 1 October 2014.

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    • The Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs adopted the report drafted by Bernhard RAPKAY (S&D, DE) amending the proposal for a Council regulation on State aid to facilitate the closure of uncompetitive coal mines.

      The main amendments suggested are as follows:

      Principles: Members specify that aid to the coal industry may be considered compatible with the proper functioning of the internal market covering only costs in connection with coal for the production of electricity, the combined production of heat and electricity, the production of coke and the fuelling of blast furnaces in the steel industry, where such use takes place in the EU.

      Closure aid: the proposal provides for State aid aiming at facilitating the closure of uncompetitive coal mines. Certain conditions should be respected to ensure that it is compatible with the internal market:

      • the operation of the production units concerned must form part of a closure plan the deadline of which does not extend beyond 31 December 2018 (as opposed to 1 October 2014);
      • the production units concerned must be closed definitively in accordance with the closure plan unless they have become competitive by the date set out in that plan and the Union's energy needs require their continued existence;
      • the overall amount of closure aid granted by a Member State for any particular undertaking must follow a downward trend, where the annual reduction must not be less than 10 % of the aid provided in the first year of the closure plan.

      The committee deleted, among other conditions to be respected, the one which obliged Member States to provide a plan to take measures aimed at mitigating the environmental impact of the use of coal, for example in the field of energy efficiency, renewable energy or carbon capture and storage.

      If the production units to which aid is granted are not closed at the date fixed in the closure plan as authorised by the Commission or have not become competitive by that date, the Member State concerned shall recover all aid granted in respect of the whole period covered by the closure plan.

      Structural Funds: in light of the extremely serious socio-economic impact of pit closures, particularly in thinly populated regions, Members believe that consideration should be given to targeted support from the EU structural funds in future budgets, even if the regions affected are situated in Member States with less severe economic problems. Retraining workers affected by the pit closure plans should be provided for immediately and all the possibilities of regional, national and Union financing should be explored for that purpose. Members believe that the financing of environmental protection measures and costs relating to long-term pit closures will need to continue beyond 2014.

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    • PURPOSE: to facilitate the transition from the specific state aid regime currently applying to the coal sector to the general state aid rules applicable to all sectors in the EU.

      NON-LEGISLATIVE ACT: Council Decision 2010/787/EC on State aid to facilitate the closure of uncompetitive coal mines.

      CONTENT: the existing rules, in force since 2002 (Regulation No 1407/2002), will expire on 31 December 2010. The non-renewal of the special state aid regime would force some Member States to close uncompetitive hard coal mines immediately, a situation that would entail serious social, technical and regional consequences. This Decision marks the transition, for the coal sector, from the application of sector-specific rules to the application of general State aid rules which are applicable to all sectors.

      In the context of closure of uncompetitive mines, aid to the coal industry may be considered compatible with the proper functioning of the internal market if it complies with the provisions of this Decision.

      Closure aid: aid to an undertaking intended specifically to cover the current production losses of coal production units may be considered compatible with the internal market only if it satisfies the following conditions: (a) the operation of the coal production units concerned must form part of a closure plan the deadline of which does not extend beyond 31 December 2018; (b) the coal production units concerned must be closed definitively in accordance with the closure plan; (c) the coal production units concerned must have been in activity on 31 December 2009.

      In order to minimise the distortion of competition in the internal market resulting from State aid to facilitate the closure of uncompetitive coal mines, such aid should be degressive and strictly limited to coal production units that are irrevocably planned for closure. The overall amount of closure aid granted by a Member State must follow a downward trend: by the end of 2013 the reduction must not be less than 25 %, by the end of 2015 not less than 40 %, by the end of 2016 not less than 60 % and by the end of 2017 not less than 75 % of the aid granted in 2011.

      In order to mitigate the environmental impact of the production of coal by coal production units to which closure aid is granted, the Member States must establish a plan to take measures aimed at mitigating the environmental impact of the production of coal by production units to which aid is granted pursuant to this Article, for example in the field of energy efficiency, renewable energy or carbon capture and storage.

      Aid to cover exceptional costs: the Decision includes the possibility of allowing subsidies, until December 2027, in order to cover exceptional expenditure in connection with the closure of mines that are not related to production, such as social welfare benefits and rehabilitation of sites. In order to avoid such aid from unduly benefiting undertakings that close only some of their production sites, the undertakings concerned should keep separate accounts for each of their coal production units.

      ENTYR INTO FORCE: 22/12/2010.

      DATE OF APPLICATION: 01/01/2011.

      DATE OF EXPIRATION: 31/12/2027.

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