§ Mr. Alan Clark
The Commission is responsible for ensuring that member states observe the rules of the European Council sixth directive on aid to shipbuilding which came into force on 1 January 1987. Under Article 4(5) of the Directive, the Commission can be asked to investigate the aid offered by member states in intra-Community competition. More than 20 such investigations have so far taken place. Only in the case of the Brittany Ferries order has the Commission established a breach of the aid ceiling. An Article 93(2) procedure is now in progress against the French authorities.