Extracts from the EC Midday press briefing by Olivier Bailly, Spokesperson of the EC, on Commission orders France to recover incompatible aid received by SNCM

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-077976   Duration: 10:02:57  Lieu:
End production: 02/05/2013   First transmission: 02/05/2013
On 2 May 2013, Olivier Bailly, Head of Unit 1 "Growth and Jobs" and Coordinating Spokesperson, gave a press conference on Commission orders France to recover incompatible aid received by SNCM. Following an in-depth investigation, the European Commission concluded that public service compensation which Société nationale Corse-Méditerranée (SNCM) and Compagnie Maritime de Navigation (CMN) have been receiving since 1 July 2007 for “basic” shipping services between Corsica and Marseille to ensure territorial continuity is in line with EU rules on state aid applicable to public services. However, the aid received by SNCM for an “additional service” to cover peak periods during the holiday season does not compensate a real public service need. These grants have given an unjustified advantage to SNCM, which should therefore hand back the money to the taxpayers.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels 00:00:07
10:00:12 Soundbite by Olivier Bailly, Head of Unit 1 "Growth and Jobs" and Coordinating Spokesperson (in FRENCH) saying that following an in-depth investigation, the European Commission has concluded that public service compensation which Société nationale Corse-Méditerranée (SNCM) and Compagnie Maritime de Navigation (CMN) have been receiving since 1 July 2007 for “basic” shipping services between Corsica and Marseille to ensure territorial continuity is in line with EU rules on state aid applicable to public services. However, the aid received by SNCM for an “additional service” to cover peak periods during the holiday season does not compensate a real public service need. These grants have given an unjustified advantage to SNCM, which should therefore hand back the money to the taxpayers. 00:01:27
10:01:40 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
10:01:45 Soundbite by Olivier Bailly (in FRENCH) saying that the second part of this decision concerns the so-called additional complementary services. This is offered by SNCN and covers pick tourist seasons with locked at this and this part of the delegation of path is an extra service provision and peak tourist season cannot get public subsidy because the market forces could offer the necessary demand so and extra supplementary path is illegal and would need to be reinvest to the taxpayers. The Commission is asking several things to the French authorities. There must be a recovery of all the payments made by the regional authorities for that additional slide of services on peak tourist season since July. 00:01:11
10:02:57 Cutaway of a cameraman 00:00:07
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