The Paris Commercial Tribunal rules that a recipient of State aid could not be held liable for not having verified whether the aid had been notified (SFEI/La Poste-Chronopost)

Express delivery is a personalized service for the rapid dispatch of documents and parcels. In France this sector is open to unrestricted competition, unlike the ordinary postal service which is subject to the monopoly of the Post Office. The Société française de messagerie internationale (“SFMI”) is a company incorporated under private law which has been entrusted with the management of La Poste's express delivery service since 1985. The detailed conditions for the operation and marketing of the express delivery service provided by SFMI under the name of EMS/Chronopost were set out in an order from the French Ministry for Posts and Telecommunications of 19 August 1986. According to that order, La Poste was to provide SFMI with logistical and commercial assistance. In 1992, the

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Dimitris Vallindas, The Paris Commercial Tribunal rules that a recipient of State aid could not be held liable for not having verified whether the aid had been notified (SFEI/La Poste-Chronopost), 7 December 1999, e-Competitions Bulletin Economic assessment of damages, Art. N° 13361

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