The European Commission has approved under Article 87(3)(c) of the EC Treaty two Polish aid schemes in the energy sector. On 3 February 2009 Poland notified the Commission of its plans to support two investment projects. The first project concerns the construction of electricity networks to enable several areas suitable for the production of renewable electricity to connect with existing distribution and transmission networks. The second project concerns the modernisation and replacement of electricity distribution networks with the aim of reducing energy losses.
The proposed state aid consists of direct grants to operators of electricity networks of up to EUR 170 million. The Commission’s investigations concluded that the aid was compatible with Article 87(3)(c) of the EC Treaty because it targets the reduction of energy consumption and is intended to deliver this objective of common European Union interest.