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EU considers allowing more state aid to boost green projects

(EurActiv, 23 Sep 2020) European Union governments may be allowed to grant more state aid to projects that help the bloc achieve its climate goals, Europe’s antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said on Tuesday (22 September), calling such an incentive a “green bonus”.

In contrast, polluting factories or power plants may be rebuffed when they seek state aid, she said.

Vestager’s comments underscore the European Commission’s efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, both to fuel an economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement.

She said one example that might qualify for a green bonus could be state funded building projects that use recycled materials.

“We could think of giving a sort of ‘green bonus’, which allows governments to use more state aid for projects that make a genuine contribution to our green goals,” she told an event organised by European Parliament liberal group Renew Europe.

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EurActiv, 23 Sep 2020: EU considers allowing more state aid to boost green projects