State aid: Commission approves €5 billion German scheme to support energy and trade intensive companies in context of Russia's invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €5 billion German scheme to support energy and trade intensive companies across industrial sectors in the context of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Crisis Framework, adopted by the Commission on 23 March 2022, based on Article 107(3)(b) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (‘TFEU'), recognising that the EU economy is experiencing a serious disturbance. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Energy and trade intensive companies have been hit particularly hard by the current geopolitical
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