The Commission has sent to the Member States a draft proposal for a State Aid Temporary Framework to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak, as foreseen by article 107(3)(b) TFEU to remedy a serious disturbance across the EU economy.
The Temporary Framework aims to enable Member States to
(i) set up schemes direct grants (or tax advantages) up to €500,000 to a company that has entered difficulties after 31 December 2019,
(ii) give subsidised State guarantees on bank loans,
(iii) enable public and private loans with subsidised interest rates and
(iv) ensure that aid channelled via the banks is not considered as direct aid to the banks but to the banks’ customers, giving guidance on how to minimise any undue residual aid to the banks in line with EU rules.
Specific aid can also be separately granted to the banks.