A premium paid to companies stripping car wrecks in the Netherlands, so that their parts can be re-used or recycled, is being investigated by the European Commission, which claims that the rate could be so high, that it would be an illegal subsidy, outlawed by European Union law. EC state aid rules are designed to ensure that national governments do not give their industries an unfair advantage in the EU marketplace. The Commission has the power to order Member States to cease making payments, or even order that they are repaid, if it concludes they break the regulations.