Today, Glass for Europe answered to the targeted consultation for the Evaluation of the Guidelines on State aid for Environmental protection and Energy 2014-2020 (EEAG). The consultation aims to gather stakeholders’ views on the implementation of the State aid Guidelines for environmental protection and energy, and wants to collect insights about potential gaps, overlaps or excessive regulatory burden.
In its response submitted today, Glass for Europe acknowledges the importance of state aid rules to ensure a level playing field across the EU and keep Member States’ expenditures at reasonable levels. State aids are a necessity in some economic areas and should be applied consistently all over Europe to avoid market distortions.
For the flat glass industry, the state aid rules related to energy and environment are essential to support the development of the installations investing in energy efficiency, low-carbon and sustainable manufacturing solutions. Considering the extremely low-level of building renovation across Europe, state aids should also focus on improving the energy performance of buildings, a key sector to achieving Europe’s climate and energy efficiency targets.
For more information, please read the full response to the consultation.