The EU Commission partially authorizes State aid scheme notified by the UK authorities concerning reduction of CO2 emissions and opens a procedure under art. 88(2) of the EC Treaty (Climate Change Levy)

"United Kingdom — Commission takes a decision on the Climate Change Levy (CCL). It authorizes several exemptions but opens the 88 (2) EC procedure on the exemption for dual use fuels"* The European Commission decided on 28 March 2001 not to raise objections to the main elements of the UK’s Climate Change Levy (CCL) due to come into force on 1 April 2001. The levy is being introduced in order to help meet the UK’s international greenhouse gas abatement obligations and to progress towards the goal of reducing CO2 emissions. It covers the use of fuel for lighting, heating and motive power in industry, commerce, agriculture, public administration and other services. The UK authorities had notified several exemptions or reduced rates from the tax, for a period of ten years. These exemptions

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Brigitta Renner-Loquenz, The EU Commission partially authorizes State aid scheme notified by the UK authorities concerning reduction of CO2 emissions and opens a procedure under art. 88(2) of the EC Treaty (Climate Change Levy), 28 March 2001, e-Competitions Bulletin Environment and competition policy, Art. N° 39030

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