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EU state aid decision postponed until fall

The European Commission has received more than 100 answers in connection with the assessment and possible approval of the national state aid regulation. The Danish Shipowners’ Association estimates that a decision will be made in September at the earliest.

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Danish shipping companies will have to wait until this fall to receive their replies from the European Commission on whether the Danish tonnage tax system and the Danish International Ship Register are acceptable to the Commission.

This is the estimate given by Simon Bergulf, the Head of the Brussels Office of The Danish Shipowners’ Association. Most recently, the European Commission has decided to postpone the deadline, allowing the shipping companies and their organizations more time to craft their answers to the Commission in connection with the approval process, the so-called “State Aid Guidelines” process.

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