EU executive sticks to its ETS state aid plans

The European Commission has expanded the list of sectors that can be given state aid to help with the indirect costs of the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS). But its original proposal, which infuriated industry groups, has not been significantly changed.

The rules, released for consultation in December, are meant to stop energy-intensive sectors being driven abroad by high power prices. But metals association Eurometaux says they are too weak and sound a death knell for the aluminium and zinc sectors.

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