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Public consultation

The aftermath of the expiry of Regulation (EC) No 1407/2002 on State aid to the coal industry

Consultation period: 11/05/2009 - 15/07/2009

Objective of the consultation

Regulation (EC) No 1407/2002 on State aid to the coal industry (the "Coal regulation") is set to expire on 31st December 2010. From that date, in the absence of new sector-specific rules, State support to the hard coal industry shall be governed by the general EC Treaty rules on State aid. The Commission services consulted stakeholders in order to see whether there are reasons which may militate for maintaining or adopting sector-specific State aid rules for the coal mining industry for the period starting at the expiry of the Coal Regulation.

The context and specific questions are provided in the consultation paper.

The consultation closed on 15 July 2009. All responses will be published in full on this webpage unless it is specifically indicated that the information contained within the response is confidential.

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