State aid: Commission approves €160 million Portuguese scheme to support gas intensive companies in context of Russia's invasion of Ukraine* The European Commission has approved a €160 million Portuguese scheme to support gas intensive companies 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: “Gas intensive companies of the manufacturing industry have been particularly hit by the high energy prices caused by Russia's invasion of
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