State aid: the Commission launches an in-depth investigation into the regulation mechanism for natural gas storage in France* The European Commission has launched an in-depth investigation in order to determine whether the regulation mechanism for the storage of natural gas implemented by France complies with EU rules on State aid. Ms Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President in charge of competition policy, stated: ‘France has a legitimate interest in ensuring the security of energy supplies to its citizens and businesses. In this respect, our role is to make sure that the measures taken are cost-effective and safeguard competition, so that

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