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C 138/2 EN Official Journal of the European Union 13.6.

2003

Information communicated by Member States regarding state aid granted under Commission
Regulation (EC) No 68/2001 of 12 January 2001 on the application of Articles 87 and 88 of the
EC Treaty to training aid

(2003/C 138/02)
(Text with EEA relevance)

Aid No: XT 34/02 Duration of scheme or individual aid award: Until


December 2003

Member State: Italy Objective of aid: The aid scheme covers general and specific
training. Under Article 2(e) of Regulation (EC) No 68/2001:

Region: Piedmont
— general training means training of a general nature which
is not related solely to the employee's present or future
position in the assisted firm and provides qualifications
Title of aid scheme or name of the company receiving an
that are largely transferable to other firms or fields of work,
individual aid: Directive on continuing training — Law No
236/93 — Company, sectoral and regional training schemes
agreed by labour and management — 2002 — specific training means training involving theoretical and
practical tuition applicable to the employee's present or
future position in the assisted firm.
Legal basis: Deliberazione della giunta regionale del Piemonte
n. 76-5853 del 15.4.2002
For the purpose of implementing this aid scheme, it should be
pointed out that:
Annual expenditure planned under the scheme or overall
amount of individual aid granted to the company: — ‘general training’ includes courses where there is already
EUR 12 584 655,43 (ITL 24 367 290 770) provision for final public certification of the qualification
or professional or vocational licence and training courses
organised for more than one firm, i.e. providing tuition for
Maximum aid intensity: The maximum aid intensities are workers from two or more firms, even if they are in the
those laid down in Article 4(2) to (6) of Regulation (EC) No same productive sector;
68/2001. The aid, quantified on the assumption that the
training course will be carried out properly and in full, is — ‘specific training’ includes courses aimed at workers and/or
granted in the form of reimbursements of eligible expenditure owners of the same firm.
actually incurred and backed by documentary evidence in
respect of training programmes, in relation to the activity
actually carried out and within the maximum intensity With regard to ‘general training’, see Article 24 of Regional
ceilings given below: Law No 63 of 13 April 1995 and Article 14 of Law No
845 of 21 December 1978, attached

Large enterprises
Specific General Economic sector(s) concerned: All sectors; all services
training training

Non-assisted areas 25 50 Name and address of the granting authority: Regione


Piemonte — Direzione regionale alla formazione professionale
Article 87(3)(c) assisted areas 30 55 — lavoro. Settore attività formativa, Via Magenta, 12 —
I-10128 Torino
Specific General
SMEs
training training
Other information: The total public contribution that may be
Non-assisted areas 35 70 allocated to a single firm for training programmes under this
Directive may not in any event exceed EUR 1 million
Article 87(3)(c) assisted areas 40 75 (ITL 1 936 270 000).

The above intensities are increased by 10 percentage points if Beneficiaries: firms (small, medium-sized or large) running the
the training is given to disadvantaged workers, as defined in training course; they are individually identified before the
Article 2(g) of Regulation (EC) No 68/2001. action is approved

Date of implementation: 12 June 2002


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Aid No: XT 54/02 Aid No: XT 55/02

Member State: United Kingdom Member State: Germany

Region: The aid will be disseminated via Business Link


Operators in West Yorkshire, Essex, and Devon and Cornwall Region: Berlin

Title of aid scheme or name of the company receiving an Title of aid scheme or name of the company receiving an
individual aid: Small Firms Training Scheme (Health and individual aid: Continuing vocational training and more
Safety Training) flexible work organisation

Legal basis: Health and Safety at Work Act, etc. 1974 Legal basis: Verwaltungsvorschrift vom 5.7.2001 über betrieb-
liche Weiterbildung und Flexibilisierung der Arbeitsorganisa-
tion
Annual expenditure planned under the scheme or overall
amount of individual aid granted to the company: Total
planned expenditure is GBP 1,97 million: 2002/03 — Annual expenditure planned under the scheme or overall
GBP 1,18 million; 2003/04 — GBP 0,79 million amount of individual aid granted to the company: Allo-
cation of approximately EUR 3,5 million in the budget for
Maximum aid intensity: Not exceeding 70 %. No one grant Berlin.
per business over the lifetime of the scheme will exceed
GBP 1 000
The total amount that a company can be granted as individual
aid for general training is EUR 5 000 in one skill field, subject
Date of implementation: 29 July 2002 to a ceiling of EUR 25 000 over two years; for advisory
services, up to a maximum of EUR 1 500
Duration of scheme or individual aid award: 31 May 2003
Maximum aid intensity: Continuing training: up to 75 %;
Advisory services: up to 50 %
Objective of aid: The Revitalising Health and Safety (RHS)
Strategy consultation exercise revealed support from small
firms for financial assistance. Development of this scheme is
an objective of the strategy. Aid will be available to micro The rules on permissible aid intensity laid down in Article 4(3)
enterprises with fewer than 10 employees. It will offer and (4) of Regulation (EC) No 68/2001 are complied with.
financial assistance for them to access health and safety
training. Resources and health and safety knowledge are
often scarce in small businesses. The objective therefore is to Date of implementation: 1 November 2001
help small businesses put in place appropriate health and safety
management arrangements and to promote practical under-
standing of dealing with health and safety in the workplace. Duration of scheme or individual aid award: Until 31
The scheme should improve awareness of, and understanding December 2003
in dealing with, health and safety risks in small businesses
Objective of aid: To support the adaptation of employees in
Economic sector(s) concerned: All sectors SMEs to structural change through the use of information tech-
nology and to provide back-up for the introduction of different
working patterns, flexible working time and teleworking.
Name and address of the granting authority:

In the wake of structural change, higher skills are being


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required of employees. The aim of the aid scheme is to
Health and Safety Executive
increase employability through continuing vocational training
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as the ever-shorter shelf life of learnt knowledge means that
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constant skills renewal and upgrading are needed. This also
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helps to rectify the lack of unskilled labour. Transferable
London SE1 9HS
skills are acquired. The aid scheme corresponds to the
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‘lifelong learning’ and ‘enhancement of adaptability through
use of information and communication technologies’
Other information: This is a pilot scheme. The aid is general components of the European Employment Strategy. The intro-
duction of more flexible ways of organising work by
supporting the provision of advice on introducing different
working patterns, flexible working time and teleworking
makes it easier to strike a balance between family and work.
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These are general training measures within the meaning of — the operational programme approved by the Commission
Article 2(e) of Regulation (EC) No 68/2001, as borne out by on 29 December 2000 for measures under the European
the supporting documents in the application or financial structural funds in Berlin (Objective 1),
statement procedures

Economic sector(s) concerned: All economic sectors — the single programming document approved by the
Commission on 3 December 2001 for measures under
Name and address of the granting authority: the European structural funds in Berlin (Objective 2) and

Investitionsbank Berlin
Bundesallee 210 — the single programming document approved by the
D-10719 Berlin Commission on 10 October 2000 for the development of
the labour market and human resources for Objective 3
and measures in Germany.

Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Frauen — V B


Storkower Straße 134 The measure/operation into which the aid scheme fits is
D-10407 Berlin entitled ‘Continuing vocational training, skilling, information
and advice, organisation and working time’ and is classified
Other information: under measure/policy area D: ‘Adaptability and entrepreneurial
spirit’. Actions under this measure/operation are funded in part
The aid scheme is part of by the European Social Fund

Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 87 and 88 of the EC Treaty

Cases where the Commission raises no objections


(2003/C 138/03)

(Text with EEA relevance)

Date of adoption of the decision: 19.2.2003


Member State: Austria
Aid No: N 403/02
Title: Venture Capital Scheme for the Land of Styria
Objective: Address the lack of equity for SMEs in the Austrian Land of
Steiermark
Legal basis: Beschluss der Steiermärkischen Landesregierung,
GZ FA14C17-33/02-77 vom 10.6.2001
Budget: EUR 2,5 million
Duration: 31 December 2006

The authentic text(s) of the decision, from which all confidential information has been removed, can be
found at
http://europa.eu.int/comm/secretariat_general/sgb/state_aids