The European Commission issues first final decision concerning the authorisation of R&D State aid (ITP)

"The first final decision involving a detailed economic assessment of R&D aid: the ITP case"* On 21 October 2008, the Commission authorised, under the EC Treaty rules on state aid (Article 88(2)), €35 million of public funding granted by Spain to Industria de Turbo Propulsores (ITP) for the development of the low-pressure turbine for the Trent 1000 engine [1]. The Trent 1000 engine is being developed by Rolls-Royce for the Boeing B787 Dreamliner. After an in-depth investigation, launched in March 2007, the Commission found that the project satisfied the requirements of the EU framework for state aid for research, development and innovation [2] (the R&D&I framework). In particular, the Commission found that the project incites ITP to carry out additional research, that the

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Almorò Rubin de Cervin, The European Commission issues first final decision concerning the authorisation of R&D State aid (ITP), 21 October 2008, e-Competitions October 2008, Art. N° 35090

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