The European Commission releases a study on the application of EC State aid law by the courts of Member States

"Study on the application of EC state aid law by the courts of Member States"*1. Background Although the Commission has always been the central arbiter in EC State aid control, national courts can also play an important role in this field. In fact, the almost exclusive competence of the Commission in State aid matters concerns only the compatibility of aid with the common market, while the respect of procedural obligations by Member States can also be ensured by national courts. In its notice on cooperation between national courts and the Commission in the State aid field, published in 1995 [1], the Commission drew the attention on the possibilities for enterprises to take action at national level against unlawful aid to their competitors, in particular based on the direct effect of

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Adinda Sinnaeve, The European Commission releases a study on the application of EC State aid law by the courts of Member States, 4 June 1999, e-Competitions Bulletin Direct effect, Art. N° 39334

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