Introduction On 23 March 2022, the European Commission announced plans to mitigate the spike in energy prices caused by the war in Ukraine. Chief among those plans were proposals for joint gas purchases and gas storage. Increase in storage capacity has been a strategy followed by several Member States to safeguard their energy security. Consequently, the Commission, in decision 2022/444, assessed positively the compatibility with the internal market of a French State aid measure to support natural gas storage.  The gas in this case is stored in underground facilities. Although the measure in question was adopted before the war in Ukraine broke out, presciently its purpose was to stabilise demand and supply of gas in the event of a significant supply disruption. What makes this
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