State aid: Commission asks Spain to recover € 5.8 million from Iberpotash

 The European Commission has asked Spain to recover € 5.8 million from illegal State aid granted to Iberpotash SA (renamed ICL Iberia Súria & Sallent in 2014), a company which operates various mines of potash in Catalonia. The Commission's in-depth investigationFound that Iberpotash is the best solution for the restoration of its mining sites in Súria and Balsareny / Sallent, and full public funding of a € 7.9 million investment to cover a waste heap in Vilafruns. Aspects the first measure, mining companies must provide guarantees to public authorities that can be drawn on to restore the environmental conditions of the site they operate. This ensures that these costs are not shifted to the State, if the mining company fails to meet its environmental protection obligations. Iberpotash for Súria in 2006 and Balsareny / Sallent in 2008, Spanish national courts have found that restoration costs for the sites had been set at an unjustifiably low level. Indeed, In 2016 the environment and the environment. Vilafruns in 2008 and 2009. EU rules of allow State of the investment in the environmental impact of the investment Levels, but still require Iberpotash to bear 50% of such costs. As a result of both support measures, Iberpotash did not have to bear the costs of environmental protection that competing mining companies have to bear in the Union, thus gaining an undue competitive advantage. On this basis, The Commission concluded that Iberpotash should pay the fees for the remediation of its sites until 2016 and also the return of the investment. Iberpotash these amounts, totalling € 5.8 million. More information will be available on the Commission's Competition  website, in the  public case register  under the case number SA.35818 . 

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