Statement by Jonathan Todd, spokesperson of Neelie Kroes, on State aid for the restructuration of Polish shipyards
End production: 29/05/2008 First transmission: 29/05/2008
The European Commission is preparing to tell Polish shipyards Szczecin and Gdynia to return State aid. Jonathan Todd, spokesperson of Neelie Kroes, Member of the EC in charge of Competition, said that Poland's government could still submit restructuring plans for the yards that would allow the Commission to approve the past State aid, but that they should do it immediately.
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||Jonathan Todd, spokesperson of Neelie Kroes, Member of the EC in charge of Competition, (in ENGLISH) saying that as regards the shipyards at Szczecin and Gdynia, the Commission, on the basis of the information that it currently has, has no choice but to make preparations for a negative decision requiring the repayment of State aid received by the Gdynia and Szczecin shipyards;
if the Polish authorities produce within a short space of time new concrete and credible solutions that could be implemented immediately to ensure the long term viability of these two shipyards, the Commissions would naturally assess such proposed solutions before taking a decision
||Jonathan Todd (in ENGLISH) saying that as regards Gdansk, the Commission delivered an information injunction to the Polish authorities on 26 May, giving the Polish authorities one month to provide the EC with information concerning the restructuring of the Gdansk shipyard; if they do not receive that restructuring information within the one month, then the Commission will have to assess the situation on the basis of the information it currently has
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