EU to ease state aid BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Companies hit by the coronavirus will be allowed to receive state grants up to 500,000 euros (455,715.5 pounds) or subsidized state guarantees on bank loans as part of new temporary rules, EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said on Tuesday.
Vestager said the move would provide liquidity to keep companies operating and ensure consistency across the 27-country bloc, where some governments have taken unilateral measures to protect their citizens and companies.
EU to ease state aid
“We have to be able to rely on the European single market to help our economy weather the outbreak and bounce back strongly,” Vestager said in a statement.
Under the proposed temporary framework, which the Commission aims to have in place within the next few days, governments will also be allowed to facilitate public and private loans with subsidized interest rates.
The temporary rules will also make it easier for banks to help their customers, especially small and medium-sized enterprises.
Similar temporary rules were introduced during the 2008 banking crisis when the European Commission allowed governments to pump billions into financial institutions to keep them afloat.
The banks, however, were ordered to restructure, sell assets, keep a lid on pay rises for top management and banned from acquisitions in return for their bailouts.
Vestager’s decision to ease the bloc’s strict competition rules came amid calls from EU governments for greater latitude in providing help to ailing companies.
Poland cited a liquidity problem and called for support for all companies, in particular for the transport sector, EU diplomats said after a meeting last week.
Commission officials at the meeting also said they would soon provide guidance on compensation for companies forced to halt projects and citing force majeure.
The difference between a suitability assessment and a sustainability assessment
The difference between a suitability assessment and a sustainability assessment in a project feasibility study A feasibility study consists of several key points
It greatly helps in the success of this study, as all steps must be implemented and none of them should be ignored
This is because they work in a circular motion, which are rings that complement each other and help in the success of the project when one of the links is lost
This leads to an imbalance and the inability to implement the feasibility study at the same level of feasibility required,
So in this article, we will explain to you what is the difference between a suitability assessment and a sustainability assessment in a project feasibility study.