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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Is the General Court Unwittingly Weakening the System of State Aid Control? Smurfit Kappa v European Commission and the Application of the Regional Aid Guidelines

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

Phedon Nicolaides (College of Europe) asks Is the General Court Unwittingly Weakening the System of State Aid Control? Smurfit Kappa v European Commission and the Application of the Regional Aid Guidelines.

ABSTRACT: The General Court has annulled a Commission decision that failed to examine the actual impact of an aid inferior to thresholds mentioned in the guidelines on regional aid. By doing so, that Court seems to compel the Commission to assess the actual impact of all aid whatever its importance. If this is correct, the Commission will not be able any longer to focus on important cases and the system of state aid control will be weakened.

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