Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 130
Alfred Sant (S&D)

E-000664/2016

Subject: State aid procedures and the arms industry

Could the Commission kindly indicate the latest guidelines, if any, that it is following to apply state aid procedures to the arms industry in Member States, as well as to industries and enterprises that are primarily active in the national defence sectors of Member States?

Answer given by Ms Vestager on behalf of the Commission (31.3.2016)

The Commission has not adopted specific guidelines for the assessment of State aid to the arms industry. As recalled in the Commission Communication “Towards a more competitive and efficient defence and security sector” ÔÇô COM(2013) 542 final of 24 July 2013 ÔÇô Member States have an obligation, under the Treaty, to notify to the Commission all State aid measures, including aid in the military sector. They may only derogate from that obligation if they can prove that non-notification is necessary for reasons of essential security interests under Article 346 TFEU. Therefore, if a Member State intends to rely on Article 346, it must be able to demonstrate that the concrete measures in the military sector are necessary and proportionate for the protection of their essential security interests and that they do not go beyond what is strictly necessary for that purpose.

E-000664/2016
Su─í─íett: Pro─őeduri ta’ g─žajnuna mill-Istat u l-industrija tal-armi

Tista’ l-Kummissjoni ─íentilment tindika l-a─ž─žar linji gwida, jekk dan huwa l-ka┼╝, li hija qieg─žda ssegwi biex tapplika pro─őeduri ta’ g─žajnuna mill-Istat lill-industrija tal-armi fl-Istati Membri, kif ukoll lil industriji u intrapri┼╝i li huma attivi primarjament fis-setturi tad-difi┼╝a nazzjonali tal-Istati Membri?

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Il-Kummissjoni ma adottatx linji gwida spe─őifi─ői g─žall-valutazzjoni tal-g─žajnuna mill-Istat g─žall-industrija tal-armi. Kif imfakkar fil-Komunikazzjoni tal-Kummissjoni “Lejn settur tad-difi┼╝a u s-sigurt├á aktar kompetittiv u effi─őjenti” ÔÇô COM(2013) 542 final tal-24 ta’ Lulju 2013 ÔÇô l-Istati Membri g─žandhom l-obbligu, skont it-Trattat, li jinnotifikaw lill-Kummissjoni dwar il-mi┼╝uri kollha ta’ g─žajnuna mill-Istat, inklu┼╝i l-g─žajnuniet fis-settur militari. Huma jistg─žu jidderogaw minn dan l-obbligu biss jekk ikunu jistg─žu jippruvaw li n-nuqqas ta’ notifika jkun me─žtie─í g─žal ra─íunijiet ta’ interessi essenzjali ta’ sigurt├á skont l-Artikolu 346 tat-TFUE. G─žalhekk, jekk Stat Membru jkollu l-intenzjoni li jag─žmel u┼╝u mill-Artikolu 346, g─žandu jkun kapa─ői juri li l-mi┼╝uri konkreti fis-settur militari jkunu ne─őessarji u proporzjonati g─žall-protezzjoni tal-interessi essenzjali tas-sigurt├á tieg─žu u li ma jmorrux lil hinn minn dak li huwa strettament ne─őessarju g─žal dan l-iskop.

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