On 23 February, the Commission found that aid granted by Italy to zinc and lead producer Portovesme, ILA, a manufacturer of processed aluminium products, and aluminium producer Eurallumina in the form of subsidized electricity prices is incompatible with EU state aid rules and needs to be recovered. After an in-depth investigation, the Commission concluded that the preferential tariffs offered to these companies merely reduced the operating costs of the beneficiaries and improved their competitive position without furthering any goal of common interest. Click here for more information.