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C 253/10 EN Official Journal of the European Communities 12.8.


and any comments and any other information it deems The Commission hereby also informs the French
relevant to assessment of the aid. Government that it will be publishing this letter in the
Official Journal of the European Communities, giving
The Commission reminds the French Government that, other Member States and interested parties notice to
under Article 93(3) of the Treaty, no aid measure may submit their comments. The Commission asks to be
be put into effect until the procedure provided for in informed within seven days of receipt of this letter if it
Article 93(2) of the Treaty has resulted in a final contains sensitive information which is not to be
Commission decision. The Commission draws the French published, setting out the reasons for the request. If the
Government’s attention in this respect to the letter it sent Commission does not receive any comments by the
all Member States on 3 November 1983 regarding their deadline set, it will assume agreement to publication of
obligations under Article 93(3) of the Treaty and to the the full text of this letter. Comments should be sent by
communication published in the Official Journal of the registered letter or by fax to:
European Communities C 318 of 24 November 1983, in European Commission,
which it was made clear that any aid granted unlawfully, Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200,
i.e. without awaiting the final decison adopted by the B-1049 Brussels.’
Commission on completion of the Article 93(2)
proceedings, may have to be recovered.
The Commission hereby gives other Member States and
The Commission hereby requests the French authorities other interested parties notice to submit any comments
to inform the recipient firm without delay of the on the measures in question within one month of the
initiation of proceedings and of the fact that it may have date of publication of this notice, to:
to repay any aid unlawfully received. Any repayment will
have to be made in accordance with the procedures and European Commission,
provisions of French law, including interest up to the Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200,
date of actual repayment, running from the date on B-1049 Brussels.
which the aid was granted and calculated at a rate equal
to the percentage value on such date of the reference
rate used for calculating the net grant equivalent of The comments will be communicated to the French
regional aid in France. Government.

Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 92 and 93 of the EC Treaty
Cases where the Commission raises no objections

(98/C 253/10)

(Text with EEA relevance)

Date of adoption: 18.9.1997 —Ùexpected loan amount: ATS 2Ø000 million (ECU 145
million) corresponding to interest rate subsidies of
ATS 300 million (ECU 22 million)
Member State: Austria
Aid intensity:
Aid No: NØ287/97
—Ùnot exceeding 25Ø% gross
Title: ERP — technology programme —Ùin case of accumulation including bonuses up to
75Ø% gross for industrial research and 50Ø% for
precompetitive development
Objective: Support of research and development projects
Duration: Indefinite
Legal basis: Richtlinien für das ERP-Technologie-
programm; ERP-Fonds-Gesetz 1962

Budget: Date of adoption: 18.11.1997

—Ùno fixed budget for this ERP-programme Member State: Spain
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Aid No: NØ396/97 Date of adoption: 6.5.1998

Title: Aid for continuous training Member State: Ireland

Objective: Training Aid No: NØ704/97
Title: Extension of the Irish natural gas network
Legal basis: Orden de 7 de mayo de 1997 por la que se
establecen las bases reguladoras y los criterios para la Objective: Extension of the natural gas network by the
concesiön de ayudas de formaciön continua provision of a high pressure pipeline from Dublin to the
midland and western areas of Ireland
Budget: ESP 84Ø000 million (ECU 507 million) per year
Legal basis: Decision of the Exchequer
Aid intensity:
Budget: Maximum IEP 153,8 million (in 1999 prices)
—ÙSMEs: ECU 195,1 million
—Ù50Ø% for non-assisted regions Aid intensity: Maximum 54Ø% gross
—Ù75Ø% for Article 92(3)(c) regions
Duration: 20 years
—Ù100Ø% for Article 92(3)(a) regions
—ÙLarge enterprises:
—Ù40Ø% for non-assisted regions Date of adoption: 6.5.1998
—Ù65Ø% for Article 92(3)(c) regions Member State: Italy (Emilia-Romagna)
—Ù85Ø% for Article 93(3)(a) regions Aid No: NØ54/98
Duration: 1997 to 2000 Title: Intervention programmes in favour of waste
recycling and disposal. Approval of public announcement
Conditions: Notification of change in the content of the to grant aid to private entrepreneurs
Objective: Environmental protection
Legal basis: Risoluzione della Giunta Regionale n. 1992
del 4.11.1997
Date of adoption: 5.12.1997
Budget: ITL 15 billion
Member State: Finland
Aid intensity:
Aid No: NØ343/97 —Ùup to 40Ø% gross for SMEs
Title: Grants and loans for technological research and —Ùup to 30Ø% gross for the other undertakings
development Duration: One year
Objective: To promote R@D activities

Legal basis: Valtioneuvoston päätös/Råd för statliga Date of adoption: 20.5.1998
Member State: Germany (Thüringen)
Budget: FIM 895 million (ECU 151 million) for 1997
Aid No: NØ484/97
Aid intensity:
Title: Stahlwerk Thüringen GmbH
—Ù50Ø% for fundamental and industrial research
Objective: R@D (steel sector)
—Ù25Ø% for precompetitive development
Legal basis: Innovationsförderprogramm des Landes
Duration: Indefinite Thüringen
Conditions: Annual report Aid intensity: DEM 934Ø952 (35Ø%)
Duration: 1996 to 1998