EEAG is the acronym used for the European Commission's Guidelines on State aid for environmental protection and energy 2014-2020 (2014/C 200/01).




5 April 2024

2 April 2024

European Commission approves €1 billion Greek State aid measures to support renewable energy generation and storage projects

21 December 2023

Commission approves €17.7 billion Italian State aid scheme to support development of centralised electricity storage system

As part of the measure, a new “time-shifting trading platform” will be set-up. Through this platform, storage capacity will be pooled and offered to third parties in the form of standardised time-shifting products. The beneficiaries of the measure will be required to make available the storage assets on this platform. The TSO will then assign physical storage assets to execute the standard time-shifting contracts, optimising the use of available storage assets. This platform will enable RES producers to use the storage assets supported by the measure to directly shift their electricity production from times of overgeneration to times of scarcity.


21 December 2023

Commission approves €1.3 billion French State aid scheme to support non-fossil technologies to ensure electricity supply matches demand


19 December 2023

Commission approves €2.6 billion German State aid measure to support Stahl-Holding-Saar (SHS) decarbonise its steel production through hydrogen use

The project to promote the production of green steel will install electrolysers nearby SHS' facilities, thereby kickstarting the development of a renewable hydrogen value chain in the Saarland region. At a later stage, SHS expects to be connected to the German hydrogen network

31 October 2023

European Commission approves €2.4 billion Czech scheme to support sustainable biomethane production


29 September 2023

Commission approves modifications to Belgian capacity mechanism

17 February 2023

Commission approves €460 million Spanish measure to support ArcelorMittal decarbonise its steel production

Commission approves €55 million German measure to support ArcelorMittal's green steel demonstration plant


EEAG enable Member States to fund projects for environmental protection (including climate protection and green energy) and energy generation adequacy in a cost-effective and non-distortive way. They entered into force in 2014 together with the relevant provisions of the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) and are applicable until 31 December 2021 following a 1-year prolongation.



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European Commission website on CEEAG

The revision of the EEAG and the relevant provisions of the GBER occurs against the backdrop of the twin green and digital transformation of the economy, notably the European Green Deal that aims to transform the EU into the first carbon neutral economy by 2050 (with a proposed increase of the greenhouse gas emission reduction target for 2030 to at least 55% compared to 1990) and a circular and zero-pollution one, where natural capital is protected.

Also, there have been a number of relevant regulatory changes (in particular, the Clean Energy Package, the Clean Mobility Package, the Circular Economy Package, and the EU Taxonomy Regulation).

The Inception Impact Assessment of 12 November 2020 (ref. Ares(2020)6636736) envisions the revision of the EEAG in light of the above developments.

The new Guidelines on State aid for Climate, Environmental protection and Energy (CEEAG) have been endorsed by the European Commission on 21 December 2021 and entered into force in January 2022.


International Conference on EU Antitrust: Hot Topics and Next Steps, Prague, 24 January 2022 - "Building the green and digital future: the challenges for 2022"

In a few days’ time, our new rules on state aid for climate, environmental protection and energy will come into force. Those rules will vastly expand the range of projects that governments can use aid for, to cover all the goals of the European Green Deal.
They’ll make it possible for governments to finance the full amount of greener investment as compared to a less green alternative - they’ll also come with tighter conditions to preserve competition, and avoid companies getting more aid than they need.

In the relevant communication the European Commission accentuates the fact that the CEEAG, in particular, broaden the categories of investments and technologies that the EU Member States can support to cover all technologies that can deliver the European Green Deal. Carbon Contracts for Difference are also promoted.

"A new single section covers the reduction or avoidance of greenhouse gas emissions, facilitating the assessment of measures supporting the decarbonisation of different sectors of the economy, including through investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency in production processes and industrial decarbonisation, in line with the European Climate Law. The revised rules generally allow for aid amounts up to 100% of the funding gap, especially where aid is granted following a competitive bidding process, and introduce new aid instruments, such as Carbon Contracts for Difference to help Member States respond to the greening needs of industry," reads the European Commission press release of 21 December 2021. 

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