Energy & Competition Law Forum #2

2nd webinar of the 2nd annual “Energy & Competition Law Forum” conference organised by Concurrences, in partnership with the Energy Community Secretariat with Leigh Hancher (Professor, University of Tilburg I Senior Advisor, Baker Botts, Brussels), Anne-Bérangère Sudraud (Chief Legal Officer - BU Nuclear Chief of Staff - Electrabel CEO, Engie BU Nuclear Alejandro Donnay (Deputy Head of Unit - State Aid Energy, DG COMP, Brussels), and Ondřej Dostal (Head of Competition Compliance Unit, ČEZ).

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Leigh Hancher moderated the discussion. She underlined that each Member State is different in terms of its energy mix, its ambition, and its challenges, which makes the Commission’s task tougher.

Alejandro Donnay presented the new Guidelines on State Aid for Climate, Environmental Protection, and Energy (CEEAG), adopted in January 2022. The previous Guidelines adopted in 2014 were a success but the new challenges, in particular of the Green Deal, imply the need to facilitate green investments. Thus, in the new Guidelines, it was necessary to find a balance between the stakeholders who all have different interests, by simplifying the rules in allowing higher aid amounts while ensuring coherence with other relevant EU legislation and policies in the environmental and energy fields. It was important to make sure that the aid goes where it is needed and try to limit the competition distortions to the minimum and find the measures appropriate to address the problem at stake. The CEEAG should help to accelerate the deployment and achievement of these more ambitious targets which are now being presented in the context of the REPowerEU package and which will be integrated into the discussions of the "Fit for 55" package.

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