The amount of state aid granted by EU governments for environmental purposes fell by €2bn in 2007, the European commission has reported in its latest "scoreboard" of state subsidies.
EU states granted €12bn of aid in 2007, down from €14bn in 2006 (EED 21/05/08). The commission said this was due mainly to changes last year in the system of energy tax exemptions in Germany, the EU's second-largest grantor of environmental state aid.
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