Aid to companies aimed at partially offsetting the soaring energy costs caused by the war in Ukraine has been extended until December 2023, according to a decree published on Saturday in the Official Journal.
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The companies eligible for this support system, the extension and simplification of which were announced at the beginning of December by the government, are those whose energy expenditure was equivalent to at least 3% of their turnover in 2021 and whose bill increased by more than 50% compared to that year.
The amount of aid and the ceilings it can reach (raised to 4, 50 and 150 million euros) vary according to the situation of the company.
The envelope dedicated to this aid scheme having been underused until now, the criteria have been simplified and a one-stop shop has been opened, intended in particular for medium-sized companies (ETI) and large so-called energy companies. intensive, which may require a deposit.
The companies concerned are those “
large energy consumers which have suffered an increase in the cost of supplying natural gas, electricity, heat or cold produced from natural gas or electricity between March 2022 and December 2023
whose activity is particularly affected by the war in Ukraine
”, specifies the decree.
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At the end of October, the European Commission had extended until the end of 2023 the temporary relaxation of its rules limiting State aid to companies, to allow countries to continue to support their economy in the face of the war in Ukraine and the surge in energy price.