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The Court of Justice gives Ms Vestager two Christmas presents: the Commission wins its appeals in Aer Lingus/Ryanair and in Banco De Santander/Autogrill España

In the midst of a flood of significant judgments on a number of areas of EU law handed down today, the CJEU has given judgment on two important State aid cases. In each case, the Commission won its appeal against … Continue reading

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Paper on post-Brexit options for State aid

 Note: the following paper is a draft paper prepared by us (George Peretz QC and Kelyn Bacon QC) as a contribution to the Commercial Bar Association’s consideration of post-Brexit issues.  The views expressed are however ours alone.  We are grateful … Continue reading

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Apple State aid decision just announced

In a press release today (http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-2923_en.htm), the Commission has announced that it has decided that Apple received State aid from Ireland in the form of “undue tax benefits of up to €13 billion”. According to Ms Vestager, the Commissioner responsible for … Continue reading

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IMPLICATIONS OF BREXIT FOR STATE AID: THE “ICELAND TO TURKEY” OPTIONS

State aid is a creature of the EU Treaties.  So, a a matter of law, as soon as the United Kingdom ceases to be party to the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU, State aid law simply vanishes. Or does … Continue reading

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Brexit: Implications for State aid

The United Kingdom’s vote to leave the EU has the potential to have a major impact on State aid law.  We will explore those implications on this website and in future events (and please do blog on this website or send … Continue reading

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Jeremy Corbyn’s speech: State aid aspects

For a number of reasons, I don’t think I would have predicted a year ago that this blog would ever feature a speech by Jeremy Corbyn.  But we live in unusual times. In his speech today calling for the UK … Continue reading

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Brexit: implications for State aid

The controversy over the fate of the Port Talbot steel works has meant that the EU’s State aid rules have become a focus of the campaign on the EU referendum, with the Out campaign arguing that the EU’s State aid … Continue reading

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Commission decision on Dutch public authority exemption from corporation tax

In a press release issued on 21 January (http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-124_en.htm) the Commission announced that it objected under the State aid rules to a provision of Dutch corporation tax law that exempted six named Dutch seaports, run by public undertakings, from tax.  … Continue reading

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Replacements for State aid Regulations to come into force in October

In a fit of legislative tidy-mindedness (officially known as “clarity and rationality”), the EU legislature has decided to “consolidate” Council Regulations 659/99 (the main Regulation governing State aid procedures) and 994/98 (which confers exemption-making powers on the Commission).  “Consolidation” here … Continue reading

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“… but words can never hurt me”: the General Court finds (again) that Minister’s assurances of support in the France Telecom case did not amount to State aid

Joined Cases T-425/04 RENV and T-444/04 RENV France and Orange v Commission EU:T:2015:450 On 2 July, the General Court issued its second judgment finding no State aid in the France Télécom case, its earlier holding that there was no State … Continue reading

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