EC To Investigate Spanish Payments

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

July 12, 2000

The European Commission will open a formal investigation into plans by Spanish state holding company SEPI to pay $57 million (10 billion pesetas) to buy a number of shipyards as part of a restructuring plan. "On the basis of the information at its disposal the Commission doubts whether this was a genuine market transaction, but rather a capital injection that could constitute state aid," the Commission said in a statement.

The Commission noted it had already cleared an aid package for the Juliana and Cadiz shipyards in 1997 on condition they received no further state handouts.

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