Erika Lofquist

DG COMP (Brussels)
Case officer

Erika is Case officer at DG Competition.

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DG COMP (Brussels)

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1628 Bulletin

Alessandra Forzano, Erika Lofquist The European Commission approves public financing granted to Danish broadcaster concluding that the State financing was necessary and proportionate, according to the EU current rules on state funding for public broadcasters (TV2)

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State aid: main developments between 1 January and 30 April 2011* On 20 April, the Commission adopted two decisions approving the funding mechanism that was in place for the Danish broadcaster TV2 between 1995 and 2002. The first decision concluded that state financing received during the (...)

Alessandra Forzano, Erika Lofquist The European Commission concludes that a French venture capital fund which aims to encourage the raising of risk capital for young innovative SMEs is compatible with the guidelines on risk capital (FNA)

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State aid: main developments between 1 January and 30 April 2011* On 20 April, the Commission concluded that the national venture capital fund which aims to encourage the raising of risk capital for young innovative SMEs is compatible with the guidelines on risk capital. The French national (...)

Alessandra Forzano, Erika Lofquist The European Commission re-assesses a State aid case and decides that the purchase price paid by a Finnish municipality to a real estate company does not constitute a State aid and complies with the market investor principle (Componenta, Finnish municipality Karkkila)

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State aid: main developments between 1 January and 30 April 2011* Following the Court annulment of a Commission decision of 2005, on 20 April the Commission adopted a decision stating that the purchase price paid by the Finnish municipality Karkkila to Componenta does not constitute state aid (...)

Alessandra Forzano, Erika Lofquist The European Commission rules that financial support to a French automotive supplier did not constitute State aid since it complies with the market economy investor principle (FMEA, Trèves)

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State aid: main developments between 1 January and 30 April 2011* Following an in-depth investigation, on 20 April the Commission decided that financial support of €55 million to automotive supplier Trèves from the Fonds de Modernisation des Equipementiers Automobiles (FMEA) does not constitute (...)

Alessandra Forzano, Erika Lofquist The EU Commission adopts a communication on the revision of EU State aid rules on services of general economic interest and a report on their application

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State aid: main developments between 1 January and 30 April 2011* On 23 March, the Commission also adopted a Communication on the revision of European Union State aid rules on Services of General Economic Interest (SGEI) and a report on their application. These rules, also known as the 2005 (...)

Alessandra Forzano, Erika Lofquist The European Commission authorises £180 M of public assistance to UK postal services operator for the funding of its network of post offices during one year (Post Office Limited)

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State aid: main developments between 1 January and 30 April 2011* On 23 March, the Commission authorised £180 million (€212 million) of public assistance to the UK Post Office Limited (POL) for the funding of its network of post offices during one year starting 1 April 2011. The Commission also (...)

Alessandra Forzano, Erika Lofquist The European Commission authorises Denmark’s plans to establish a new public service radio to increase competition on the country’s radio market for public service programming by supporting the creation of a new channel (channel FM4)

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State aid: main developments between 1 January and 30 April 2011* On 23 March, the Commission authorised Denmark’s plans to establish a new public service radio, channel FM4, to increase competition on the country’s radio market for public service programming by supporting the creation of a new (...)

Alessandra Forzano, Erika Lofquist The European Commission authorises a grant of €19.2 M to an Italian sports car producer for a project to train its workforce at its two production sites (De Tomaso)

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State aid: main developments between 1 January and 30 April 2011* By its decision of 23 March, the Commission authorised a grant of €19.2 million to the Italian sports car producer De Tomaso SpA for a project to train its workforce at its two production sites in Grugliasco (Piedmont) and (...)

Alessandra Forzano, Erika Lofquist The European Commission decides that investment aid for two German interlinked plants constitutes State aid that was compatible with the internal market under Article 107(3) TFEU (Glunz and OSB Deutschland)

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State aid: main developments between 1 January and 30 April 2011* On 23 March, the Commission decided that investment aid for Glunz and OSB Deutschland, two interlinked plants, constituted state aid that was compatible with the internal market under Article 107(3) TFEU. The measure was (...)

Alessandra Forzano, Erika Lofquist The EU Commission rejects a specific provision of the revised Austrian "Green Electricity Act" that would have provided energy-intensive businesses with a partial exemption from buying green electricity (Austrian Green Electricity Act)

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State aid: main developments between 1 January and 30 April 2011* After an in-depth investigation opened in 2009, on 8 March the Commission rejected a specific provision of the revised Green Electricity Act of Austria (Ökostromgesetznovelle 2008) that would have provided energy-intensive (...)

Alessandra Forzano, Erika Lofquist The European Commission finds that a State guarantee put in place by France to cover the exchange rate risk for aeronautic suppliers does not constitute State aid (Aero 2008)

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State aid: main developments between 1 January and 30 April 2011* On 8 March, the Commission closed a formal investigation procedure opened in 2009 and found that a state guarantee put in place by France to cover the exchange rate risk for aeronautic suppliers (Aero 2008) does not constitute (...)

Alessandra Forzano, Erika Lofquist The European Commission orders Spain to abolish a provision in its corporate tax law allowing Spanish companies to amortise ‘financial goodwill’ deriving from acquisitions of shareholdings in companies in third countries

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State aid: main developments between 1 January and 30 April 2011* On 3 March, the Commission requested Spain to abolish a 2002 provision in its corporate tax law that allows Spanish companies to amortise ‘financial goodwill’ deriving from acquisitions of shareholdings in companies in third (...)

Alessandra Forzano, Erika Lofquist The European Commission decides to authorise air transport aid of a social character for certain residents in the French overseas department of Martinique

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State aid: main developments between 1 January and 30 April 2011* The Commission decided on 18 February to authorise air transport aid of a social character for certain residents in the French overseas department of Martinique. The aid will increase the aid applicable to air transport between (...)

Alessandra Forzano, Erika Lofquist The European Commission approves a support package and restructuring plan for a Dutch financial institution subject to certain conditions (ABN AMRO Group)

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State aid: main developments between 1 January and 30 April 2011* On 5 February, the Commission approved a support package and restructuring plan for the ABN AMRO Group, subject to certain conditions. The restructuring package has been under implementation since October 2008, when the Dutch (...)

Alessandra Forzano, Erika Lofquist The European Commission approves a support package and restructuring plan for a Dutch financial institution subject to certain conditions (ABN AMRO Group)

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State aid: main developments between 1 January and 30 April 2011* On 5 February, the Commission approved a support package and restructuring plan for the ABN AMRO Group, subject to certain conditions. The restructuring package has been under implementation since October 2008, when the Dutch (...)

Alessandra Forzano, Erika Lofquist The EU Commission publishes a guide to help public authorities understand how Member States may finance services of general interest in compliance with State aid rules

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State aid: main developments between 1 January and 30 April 2011* On 28 January the Commission published a guide to help public authorities understand how Member States may finance services of general interest in compliance with State aid rules. The ’Guide to the application of the European (...)

Alessandra Forzano, Erika Lofquist The European Commission decides that a French scheme to support supplementary welfare cover for local government staff is compatible with Article 107(2)(a) TFEU (Fiscalité des contrats d’assurance maladie solidaires, Aide à la protection sociale complémentaire)

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State aid: main developments between 1 January and 30 April 2011* The Commission decided in two cases on 26 January and 23 February that a French scheme to support supplementary welfare cover for local government staff is compatible with Article 107(2)(a) of the TFEU, which permits aid of a (...)

Alessandra Forzano, Erika Lofquist The European Commission authorises Spain to grant an interest-free reimbursable loan of €129 M to aircraft manufacturer for the development of a new engine (Aernnova)

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State aid: main developments between 1 January and 30 April 2011* On 26 January, the Commission authorised Spain to grant an interest-free reimbursable loan of €129 million to Aernnova for the development of the next-generation horizontal tail plane (HTP) for the future Airbus A350 XWB. When (...)

Alessandra Forzano, Erika Lofquist The EU Commission authorises France to provide a €26 M direct grant for the construction of a district heating network in the North-East of Paris (CPCU)

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State aid: main developments between 1 January and 30 April 2011* On 26 January, the Commission authorised France to provide a €26 million direct grant for the construction of a district heating network in the North-East of Paris. The aid beneficiary is CPCU, a subsidiary of GDF Suez and the (...)

Alessandra Forzano, Erika Lofquist The EU Commission authorises France to provide a €25.3 M grant for the construction of a heat boiler using a renewable energy source in the Alsace region (Roquette Frères / Electricité de Strasbourg / Caisse des Dépôts / Consignations)

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State aid: main developments between 1 January and 30 April 2011* On 12 January, the Commission authorised France to provide a €25.3 million grant for the construction of a heat boiler using a renewable energy source (geothermal energy) in Beinheim, the Alsace region. The project also involves (...)

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