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Commission approves aid to implement CFC action programme in the Netherlands

The European Commission has decided to authorize the granting of aid for implementing the CFC action programme, approved in June 1990, in the Netherlands.

The programme includes subsidies to help a number of SMEs convert their plants so as to produce plastic foams without the...
The European Commission has decided to authorize the granting of aid for implementing the CFC action programme, approved in June 1990, in the Netherlands.

The programme includes subsidies to help a number of SMEs convert their plants so as to produce plastic foams without the use of CFCs. In the Netherlands, the production and marketing of insulating boards and panels containing CFCs has been banned since 1 January 1993 and production of other materials containing them since 1 July 1993. In the other Member States the ban has applied only since 1 January 1995.

In developing new production procedures, the Dutch firms concerned assumed a degree of technical and financial risk, in that they had to innovate before firms in other Member States and were therefore not able to benefit from existing, tried and tested technologies.

Although the aid was granted before the Commission had taken a decision on it, it has been authorized because all the beneficiaries are SMEs within the meaning of the Community guidelines on SMEs. Aid intensity is also in line with Community policy concerning environmental aid.

The Netherlands authorities' budget for the aid is ECU 1.55 million.

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