§ Mr. Leighton
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what are the maximum ceilings for regional state aid for each of the member states of the EC.
§ Mr. Needham
I have been asked to reply.
The maximum ceilings for regional state aids for each of the member states are laid down by the European Commission in its communication on the method for the application of article 92(3) (a) and (c) to regional aid—Official Journal C 212 of 12 August 1988.Within each member state, the permitted rate of assistance may vary within this ceiling depending on the kind, intensity or urgency of the regional problems the assistance is designed to combat.
Percentage Belgium 25 Denmark 30 France 125 Germany 23 Greece 75 Italy 115 Ireland 75 Luxembourg 25 The Netherlands 20 Portugal 75 Spain 145 United Kingdom 130
1Some areas of these countries are designated as article 92(3) (a) EEC areas—where the standard of living is abnormally low or where there is serious underemployment—and, as such, are permitted aid intensity of up to 75 per cent.