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Parliamentary questions
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16 April 2019
Question for written answer E-001882-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar (PPE) , José Manuel Fernandes (PPE) , Charles Tannock (ECR) , Wim van de Camp (PPE)

 Subject:  State Aid Scheme for the Madeira Free Trade Zone
 Answer in writing 

The approval of the State Aid Scheme for the Madeira Free Trade Zone (FTZ) is covered by Article 349 of the TFEU, under which the Union shall adopt specific measures in particular areas such as fiscal policy and free zones. The objective of the Madeira FTZ is to attract investment to and create jobs in Madeira.

The outermost regions have permanent disadvantages with a combination of factors restraining their development and growth. Last month, the Commission opened an in-depth investigation to examine whether Portugal has applied the Madeira Free Trade Zone regional aid scheme in conformity with Commission decisions.

In view of this:
How does the Commission, when launching this type of procedure, try to avoid potential losses to the affected region related to its image and to perceptions of confidence and security on the part of potential investors and those who have chosen to settle in the region?
Has the Commission carried out a general overview of the impact of the state aid measure in the region?
Since the Madeira authorities claim to have used the aid scheme viewing it as a comprehensive and competitive measure designed to tackle the permanent weaknesses and handicaps of the regional economy in a context of increasing and irreversible globalisation, what alternative means does the Commission propose for achieving this goal on the basis of a credible economic policy and the corresponding efficacy?
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