The Czech Republic needed the approval of the executive of the European Union, which oversees compliance with competition rules. The Commission concluded that “the positive effects of the aid outweigh any negative effects on competition”.
According to her, the program is necessary and suitable for ending dependence on Russian fossil fuels and transitioning to climate-friendly energy sources.
Both of these points belong to the program priorities of the commission, which enables money to be drawn from EU funds for their fulfillment. In addition, Czech support is limited to the necessary minimum and will not provide profit-making enterprises with an unreasonable advantage, the commission stated.
Aid for reducing emissions
“It will help the Czech Republic meet its goals in the area of reducing emissions, end dependence on Russian fossil fuels and at the same time improve the security of gas supplies,” said Didier Reynders, European Commissioner responsible for the protection of economic competition, when approving the program.
According to Hladík, the program will help with the transition from biogas power plants, which produce electricity with an efficiency of 40 percent, to biomethane.
They push the gas back into the gas network, which makes them significantly more efficient. “It is the beginning of fulfilling our vision of transition to emission-free electricity,” added Hladík.