Legal Alert – Yet another State Aid to Finnish Airport Approved by the European Commission
The European Commission has approved an investment aid of EUR 2 million for Tampere-Pirkkala Airport on 5 December 2013 for the enhancement of the infrastructure of Terminal 2.
The Finnish authorities notified to the Commission the plans to support the renovation of Terminal 2 due to security and functionality reasons related to the former cargo terminal. The Commission’s investigation showed that the infrastructure project contributed to an objective common interest. Most importantly, the aid supports connectivity to the Tampere region. The European Commission’s decision is in line with the recently approved state aid to Vaasa Airport (2 July 2013).
In principle, state aids are forbidden according to EU law. However, if the notification is well-prepared, the European Commission may find the state aid to be consistent with the objectives of common interest identified in Article 108.3 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
The Commission is currently modernising its state aid regulations.
Attorneys at law Borenius Ltd acted as a legal advisor in both referred cases and was responsible for the notification procedures.