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Consultation on the Review of the Framework on State aid to Shipbuilding

Policy field

Competition: State aid

Target group

All citizens, companies and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from shipyards and their associations, ship owners and their associations, maritime suppliers, social partners and local and regional authorities.

Period of consultation

From 04.10.2010 to 06.12.2010

Objective of the consultation

The Framework on State aid to Shipbuilding ("Shipbuilding Framework") provides the rules for the Commission to assess whether State support for shipbuilding is compatible with the Internal Market. The Shipbuilding Framework came into effect on 1 January 2004, was prolonged in 2006 and 2008 and is currently applicable until 31 December 2011.

The general principle of the Shipbuilding Framework is that State support for shipbuilding may be granted under the common EU horizontal State aid rules except where the specific provisions of the Shipbuilding Framework apply. These specific provisions were so far explained by historical reasons and by certain features of the shipbuilding market, in particular that of a global market generally described as suffering from cyclical overcapacity. The Shipbuilding Framework contains specific provisions on innovation aid, regional aid, closure aid, export credits, development aid and employment aid.

In view of the expiry of the Shipbuilding Framework end of 2011, the Commission services have started assessing the results of the application of this Framework. The purpose of this consultation is, thus, to invite local and regional public authorities, shipyards and their associations, ship owners and their associations, maritime suppliers, social partners and any other stakeholders or interested parties to provide feedback on the application of the Shipbuilding Framework. Submissions will in particular help the Commission determine whether it should continue to apply the Framework, modify it or let it expire in 2011.

This consultation is also part of the impact assessment with respect to the future of the Shipbuilding Framework, that the Commission services will undertake in conformity with the applicable guidelines.

The questionnaire comprises several sections and contains questions drafted as to address as many issues as possible. Certain questions are intended specifically for public authorities or certain stakeholders and respondents are not required to answer every question. We welcome any further information beyond the scope of the questionnaire that would be useful for the present assessment.

Contact details

Responsible service: DG Competition – E3
Please always indicate the reference number of the document in your correspondence: "HT 2656"

E-mail address:
Ref.: HT 2656

Postal address: European Commission
Directorate-General for Competition
State aid Registry
1049 Brussels
Fax (32-2) 296 12 42

View the consultation document

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Reference documents and other, related consultations

View the contributions

Public authorities
Registered organisations
  • Holland Shipbuilding Association en
  • Uninave en
Non-registered organisations
  • Association of Finnish Marine Industries en
  • Assonave en
  • BLRT Grupp Estonia et en
  • Bulgarian National Association of Shipbuilding and Shiprepair bg en
  • Community of European Shipyards' Associations en
  • Damen Shipyards Group en
  • Danish Maritime en
  • European Community Shipowners' Associations en
  • European Marine Equipment Council en
  • European Cruise Council en
  • Federation of Employers' Associations of Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Companies in Pireas el en
  • Foro Maritimo Vasco en es
  • European Shipbuilding Social Dialogue Committee en
  • STX Finland Oy en
  • STX France SA fr
  • Technip Finland Offshore Oy en
  • Verband für Schiffbau und Meerestechnik e.V. de en - annex a annex b annex c annex d annex e annex f annex g
Individual citizens
  • Carling en
  • Zlatkozuro en
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