EC Investigates LOT State Aid

The European Commission (EC) says it has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether a €200m restructuring aid for state-owned Polish carrier LOT complies with EU state aid rules. The organisation says the investigation will focus on whether the aid will enable LOT to become viable without continued public funding, and whether the company offers adequate compensation to “alleviate the distortion of competition caused by the state support”. The EC will also verify if LOT sufficiently contributes to the cost of restructuring. Interested third parties will have an opportunity to comment on the measures under scrutiny.

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