UPDATE: EC examines surcharge

The European Commission is expected to make a preliminary decision on the anti-dumping case in June.

The European Commission

The European Commission is examining whether an exemption to the renewable energy surcharge (EEG-surcharge) granted to German energy-intensive industries constitutes state aid and is in breach of EU treaty rules, an official said.

"As already confirmed several months ago, the Commission has received a complaint launched by a German association representing private consumers and SMEs,” Antoine Colombani, spokesman to competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia, said in a statement sent to Recharge.

The spokesman, however, did not confirm an earlier report by the Der Spiegel magazine that Almunia this week plans to start proceedings against Germany regarding the exemption. The magazine had also claimed that the commission may retroactively demand back billions of euros the companies saved in past years by not paying the surcharge.

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