Czech assist to clean-up of website of former Ostrava refinery will get EU approval

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A Czech measure to help the environmental clean-up of the previous OSTRAMO refinery complies with EU state assist rules, the European Commission has mentioned.

All industrial actions of the refinery, positioned within the Czech metropolis of Ostrava, ceased in 1997. Despite the closure and termination of actions of the refinery, the location continues to be contaminated, particularly by petroleum hydrocarbons that are usually current in crude oil, the Commission mentioned, including that the help, with a finances of approximately CZK 600 million (approximately €21 million), will take the type of a direct grant to the lessee of the location of the previous OSTRAMO refinery, Global Networks. The measure is meant to help the decontamination of the soil and the demolition of buildings needed for the remediation of the contaminated website itself.

After assessing the measure underneath EU State assist rules, particularly the Guidelines on State assist for environmental safety and power 2014-2020, the Commission mentioned the measure will defend the well being and well-being of residents from environment-related dangers and affect, according to the European Green Deal.

The Commission additionally mentioned the help is restricted to the minimal needed and that the optimistic results of the help on the atmosphere and public well being outweigh any potential unfavorable impact caused by the general public intervention. Finally, the Commission concluded that the measure is according to the “polluter pays principle”. Pursuant to this precept, the prices of measures to take care of air pollution needs to be borne by the corporate who causes the air pollution. Therefore, assist for the decontamination of web sites will be granted provided that the beneficiary firm will not be answerable for the air pollution.

In this case, the Commission mentioned the help beneficiary will not be answerable for the contamination and permitted the measure underneath EU State assist rules.