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    23.01.2023
    EU

    The European Com­mis­sion pub­lishes the res­ults of its eval­u­ation of State aid rules re­gard­ing SGEI

    FR
    On 1 December 2022, the European Commission published the results of the evaluation it launched on 17 June 2019 on the application of its State aid Regulation concerning services of general economic interest (SGEI) in the field of social services, health and for small amounts of aid to citizens, public authorities, companies, associations, consumer/business organisations, NGOs, trade unions and Member States. As a reminder, the Commission's regulatory package, which came into force in 2012 and consists of an exemption decision (allowing for the avoidance of prior notification of public service...
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    21.12.2022
    Belgium

    Gen­er­al Court con­firms leg­al­ity of Hun­gari­an in­vest­ment aid for new nuc­le­ar re­act­ors

    FR
    The European Commission's decision of 6 March 2017. In 2014, the European Commission launched an investigation into the financing of two nuclear reactors in Hungary following the publication of several related press articles. After various exchanges, Hungary notified in May 2015 to the European Commission the financing of this investment to be carried out by the company Parks II. The notification, which was made for the sake of legal certainty, concerned a measure considered not to constitute State aid under the principle of the private operator in a market economy. Nevertheless, the Commission...
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    19.12.2022
    Austria

    European Com­mis­sion’s green light to €14.3 mil­lion Croa­tian com­pens­a­tion in fa­vour of Zagreb In­ter­na­tion­al Air­port in the con­text of the coronavir­us crisis

    FR
    The Croatian authorities, which we assisted in the preparation of the file, notified in August 2022 to the European Commission, a measure aimed at partially compensating the damage suffered by the operator of Zagreb International Airport because of the coronavirus pandemic. The period covered by the compensation is 19 March until 30 June 2020,during which travel restrictions were imposed by Croatia and other countries to limit the spread of the virus. As a result, Zagreb International Airport experienced a steep decline in traffic, which resulted in major revenue losses. The compensation,...
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    12.12.2022
    EU

    New European Com­mis­sion pub­lic con­sulta­tion on the fu­ture EU Reg­u­la­tion on de min­imis aid

    FR
    On 16 November 2022, the European Commission published its draft Regulation on the application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to de minimis aid. Interested parties have until 10 January 2023 to participate in a public consultation (2022 de minimis (europa.eu)). The Commission Regulation (EU) No 1407/2013 of 18 December 2013 on the application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to de minimis aid (hereinafter “de minimis Regulation”) provides, under certain conditions, the possibility for Member...
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    23.11.2022
    EU

    State aid: ex­ten­sion of the Tem­por­ary Crisis Frame­work to sup­port the eco­nomy in the con­text of Rus­sia’s in­va­sion of Ukraine

    Many businesses and inpiduals have been impacted directly or indirectly by the crisis resulting from Russia's invasion of Ukraine, as well as the repercussions of all the economic sanctions adopted at the EU and international level and the countermeasures taken by Russia. This is taking a heavy toll on the European economy and particularly on energy prices, a situation that is unlikely to improve in the coming months. In response to this crisis, the European Commission adopted on 23 March 2022 a new Temporary Crisis Framework to allow Member States to use the flexibility of the State-aid rules...
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    21.11.2022
    EU

    State aid: The Court of Justice of the EU an­nuls the Com­mis­sion’s de­cision in the Fi­at-Chrysler case

    FR
    On 8 November 2022, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) annulled the judgment of the General Court held on 24 September 2019, which rejected the action brought by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Fiat Chrysler Finance Europe for the annulment of the Commission's decision of 21 October 2015, on the illegal and incompatible State aid granted by Luxembourg in favour of Fiat in the context of a tax ruling. Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager had highlighted as one of her top priorities the application of State aid rules to taxation. In this context, all Member States were asked in 2014 to...
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