The French Civil Court of Appeal of Basse-Terre holds that third parties cannot request a national court to statute on the alleged incompatibility of a State aid measure but confirms national courts’ jurisdiction for claims for damages (Primistères Reynoird)

Factual Background The society Primistères Reynoird imports goods from the continental part of France and other Member States of the European Union to Guyana and paid the levies in relation to the dock dues and an additional tax for the period between 1 October 1991 and 31 December 1992. In two cases, the ECJ ruled that the dock due infringed EC law, in particular provisions on free movements: Case C-163/90, Administration des Douanes et Droits Indirects v Léopold Legros and others, [1992] ECR I-4625 and Joined cases C-363/93, C-407/93, C-408/93, C-409/93, C-410/93 and C-411/93, René Lancry SA v Direction Générale des Douanes and Société Dindar Confort, Christian Ah-Son, Paul Chevassus-Marche, Société Conforéunion and Société Dindar Autos v Conseil Régional de la Réunion and Direction Régionale

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  • Sheppard Mullin (Brussels)
  • European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)

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Jacques Derenne, Cédric Kaczmarek, The French Civil Court of Appeal of Basse-Terre holds that third parties cannot request a national court to statute on the alleged incompatibility of a State aid measure but confirms national courts’ jurisdiction for claims for damages (Primistères Reynoird), 18 June 2008, e-Competitions Bulletin Economic assessment of damages, Art. N° 28054

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