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On 7 May 2014, the Commission approved the French Regional aid map
for the period from 1 July 2014 until 31 December 2020. This
inhabitants. On 3 June 2015, the Commission approved the first use of the
population reserve leaving an unused population reserve of 172,207 inhabitants
for future use
By electronic notifications of 20 December 2016 (2016/125894), and 6 January
2017 (2017/001532) the French authorities notified an amendment to their map in
order to make a second use of the population reserve.
In their notification, the French authorities propose 52 extra municipalities with a
total of 128,060 inhabitants to be eligible for regional aid under the derogation
provided in Article 107(3)(c) of the TFEU until 31 December 2020. These
municipalities are notified as non-predefined 'c' area.
Commission decision C(2014) 2609 final, OJ C 348, 3.09.2014, p. 16.
Commission decision C(2015) 3613 final, OJ C 325, 14.09.2015, p. 12.
In the approved regional aid map for the period 1 July 2014 to 31 December
2020, a population reserve is foreseen in accordance with paragraph 180 of the
This population reserve after the first use of the reserve is equivalent to
172,207 inhabitants, based on the most recent data on the resident population as
published by the national statistical office
The paragraphs 181 and 182 of the RAG provide that if a Member State decides
to use the reserve to add new ‘c’ areas in its map, this is possible until its national
coverage ceiling is reached. For this purpose, a Member State may refer to the
most recent socioeconomic data provided by Eurostat or by its national statistical
office or other recognised sources. The population of the ‘c’ areas concerned
should be calculated on the basis of the population data used for establishing the
initial map. The Member State must notify the Commission each time it intends
to use its population reserve to add new ‘c’ areas prior to putting into effect such
The French authorities propose to use this population reserve to designate 52
extra municipalities as non-predefined 'c' areas for eligibility on the basis of the
regional aid derogation laid down in Article 107(3)(c) TFEU for the period from
the date of adoption of this decision until 31 December 2020, with a total
population of 128,060 inhabitants.
The French authorities propose to add 51 municipalities as non-predefined 'c'
paragraph 168(a) of the RAG. Table 1 below presents the proposed non-
predefined 'c' areas along with the maximum aid intensity to be applied in that
Est Lorrain -
Ban de Laveline
Chevillon sur Huillard
Vallée de la
Port-Jérôme sur Seine
Trouville la Haute
France - population census 2010.
France – population census 2010