In its final report of June 2011, the High Level Expert Group on Key Enabling Technologies appointed by the Commission concludes that the current matching clause in the area of research, development and innovation should be expanded to include product development and production. This should enable the Member States to support product development and production in such a way that their businesses are not placed at a disadvantage in comparison with their global competitors, while still avoiding any breach of Word Trade Organisation law. Otherwise, there is a danger that Europe could be left far behind in the area of key technologies.
In this regard, can the Commission answer the following:
Has the Commission drawn any specific conclusions from this call by its expert group?
If so, what steps does it plan to take next in this matter?
What experience has been gained with matching clauses in the area of state aid?