CASE COMMENTS: STATE AID – EUROPEAN UNION - MINING SECTOR – ADVANTAGE – STATE RESOURCES

State ressources: The General Court of the European Union confirms that a reduction of financial guarantees for the restoration of mining sites conferred an advantage and involved a transfer of State resources to the operator of a mine (Iberpotash)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article in French, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Iberpotash is the operator of two active potash mines in Catalonia and owns a salt heap on a site where mining activities have long ceased. These mining activities are polluting, which normally creates environmental obligations and burdens for the operator. In particular, the operator has to rehabilitate the exploited sites. However, the State alleviated these burdens for the benefit of Iberpotash in two ways: on the one hand, by issuing the operating licence, it set the amount of the guarantees that this operator had to provide at a fairly low level; this level of guarantee corresponded to an incomplete plan for the rehabilitation of the sites

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Bruno Stromsky, State ressources: The General Court of the European Union confirms that a reduction of financial guarantees for the restoration of mining sites conferred an advantage and involved a transfer of State resources to the operator of a mine (Iberpotash), 16 January 2020, Concurrences N° 2-2020, Art. N° 94509, pp. 148-150

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