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EU approves €377 million state aid for Airbus X6

EU approves €377 million state aid for Airbus X6

7-Jul-2017Source: The European Commission

The European Commission has approved under EU state aid rules €377 million of French and German support to develop the innovative Airbus X6 heavy helicopter. The project will significantly contribute to research and innovation in the EU without unduly distorting competition in the Single Market. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “The French and... Read more

European Commission authorises state aid for Eurocopter and AgustaWestland

European Commission authorises state aid for Eurocopter and AgustaWestland

7-Mar-2012Source: European Commission

The European Commission has authorised France and Italy to grant aid for research and development (R&D) to two European helicopter manufacturers (Eurocopter in France and Agusta Westland in Italy) for the development of new, innovative, medium-weight aircraft. The Commission has decided that these measures are compatible with the EU rules on state aid, particularly as... Read more

European pilot licences – EC flexes on start date

European pilot licences – EC flexes on start date

16-Sep-2011Source: CAA

National aviation authorities across the European Union are to be given more time to prepare to issue new Europe-wide pilot licenses (subject to the agreement of the European Parliament). As a result, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) now intends to begin issuing the new licences and medical certificates from 1 July 2012. The European... Read more

AgustaWestland to pay back Eu25 million in EU subsidies

AgustaWestland to pay back Eu25 million in EU subsidies

13-Jan-2011Source: European Commission

The European Commission has formally endorsed negotiations with Italy concerning the amount of subsidies that Agusta Westland must reimburse the Italian government for two military projects that also found civilian applications. The company received state support for two military projects – the helicopter A139 and the tilt-rotor BA609 – which also benefited civil versions. The... Read more

Italy's Funding Of Helicopter Research Projects Adhere To EC Treaty Says Commission

Italy's Funding Of Helicopter Research Projects Adhere To EC Treaty Says Commission

29-Oct-2009Source: eGov Monitor

The European Commission has concluded that Italian measures in favour of two R&D projects concerning helicopters are of a military nature and therefore fall within the scope of Article 296 of the EC Treaty (that allows Member States to take measures necessary for the protection of their essential security interests).... Read more

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