Cause and Effect in European Politics and Law

The European Commission will discuss the situation in GM

Adelina Marini, May 29, 2009

The European Commission will discuss today the situation around the European divisions of GM after the negotiations for selling OPEL failed and the American company is in a state of bankruptcy. But representatives of GM have not been invited at the extraordinary meeting. Instead, the EU ministers of economy and industry will attend as well as the commissioners Guenter Verheugen and Neelie Kroes. Bulgaria is being represented in Brussels, because of the Competitiveness Council, bu the deputy minister of economy Nina Radeva. It is expected the the Commission will call for respect of European rules for state aid as well as the rules of the internal market.

The spokesman of the Commission, responsible for competition, Jonathan Todd said that for some months the Commission is in constant contact with German government and that is why is fully aware of the intentions of Berlin to help OPEL. Th UK is also ready with a proposal for GM's division there. Todd underlined that whatever this help might be it should be in compliance with the rules for state aid and for those for the internal market.