Thursday, 23 June 2022
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
88. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if the European Commission Directorate-General for Competition concluded its investigation into the Croí Cónaithe cities scheme following the pre-notification; if so, the outcome of the investigation; if not, when the outcome is expected; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31794/22]
Addressing the current housing shortage requires short, medium and long-term action to stimulate housing supply. The Croí Cónaithe (Cities) Scheme is one measure within Housing for All that will help to kick-start apartment developments that might not otherwise be developed.
In developing the Croí Cónaithe (Cities) Scheme, my Department engaged in consultation with the Directorate General for Competition in the European Commission (DG COMP), following which, a pre-notification of the scheme as State Aid compatible with the TFEU has been prepared and submitted to DG COMP. The process is still on-going.