The EU Commission approves an aid falling within the exemption for important projects of common European interest (Fehmarn belt)

The Pricing of Access to an Important Project of Common European Interest* Infrastructure that is commercially exploited [e.g. charging of tolls] is an economic activity. Infrastructure that is freely available to users is not economic activity. Access fees or tolls may be regulated. State aid must be necessary and proportional even if access fees are regulated. Introduction This article examines Commission decision SA.39078 concerning the Fehmarn belt fixed link in Denmark. This is an unusual case because the State aid was approved on the basis of Article 107(3)(b) which exempts aid to important projects of common European interest [IPCEI]. The only other measure that has been approved recently on the same legal basis is the aid for the construction of the Oresund link between

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Phedon Nicolaides, The EU Commission approves an aid falling within the exemption for important projects of common European interest (Fehmarn belt), 27 July 2015, e-Competitions Bulletin Transport (rail), Art. N° 77171

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