DG COMP (Brussels)

Mélanie Pérez

DG COMP (Brussels)
Case Handler

Mélanie Perez is a case handler at European Commission - DG COMP. Previously, she was an associate in the Brussels office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where her practice focused on all aspects of European competition law, including mergers, cartels, abuse of dominance investigations, counseling, and litigation. She has experience across a wide range of sectors, including information technology, electronics, and computer hardware, and she has an in-depth knowledge of the antitrust issues affecting industries in which intellectual property is critical. Prior to that, Mélanie was associate at Hogan Lovells. Mélanie is a native French speaker, and she is fluent in English.

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Jacques Derenne, Mélanie Pérez Concept of State aid : The General Court of the European Union considers that the pension payment system of civil servants working for a former monopoly constitutes State aid and rejects the action of the French Republic (France Télécom)


Trib. EU, 26 Feb. 2015, France v. Commission, Case T-135/12 - France Telecom The dispute brought before the Court of First Instance concerns the pension payment system for France Télécom staff with civil servant status. That system was amended by a law of 26 July 1996, coinciding with the (...)

Mélanie Pérez Aide à la restructuration : The European Commission orders a Member State to recover incompatible aid from national air carrier company which has been in difficulty for several years (Cyprus Airways)


Eur. comm. 9 Jan. 2015, press release IP/15/3121 By a decision of 9 January 2015, the Commission ordered the recovery of aid amounting to more than EUR 100 million in favour of the airline Cyprus Airways. This aid programme was aimed at the restructuring of the Cypriot national airline, which (...)

Jacques Derenne, Mélanie Pérez Amount of the aid : The General Court of the European Union confirms that the aid granted to Greek farmers in compensation of their loss due to adverse weather conditions in the years 2007 and 2008 is incompatible with the internal market and recalls the case law relating to the notion of aid and the exemption pursuant to article 107, paragraph 3, b) TFEU (Greece / Commission)


The annotated judgment concerns compensation paid to Greek agricultural producers for adverse weather conditions in the summer of 2007 and autumn 2008. This compensation, paid by an insurance body wholly owned by the Greek State, ELGA, consisted of different components and was partly financed (...)

Jacques Derenne, Mélanie Pérez Notion of advantage : The General Court of the European Union recalls the case law of the Court on the notions of advantage and imputability to the State (Dunamenti Erőmű, Tisza Erőmű)


[ Trib. EU, 30 April 2014, Dunamenti Erőmű c/ Commission, Case T-179/09Trib. EU, 30 April 2014, Tisza Erőmű v Commission, Case T-468/08 On 30 April 2014, the Tribunal delivered two judgments concerning power purchase agreements in Hungary. Although the two cases are factually linked, as they (...)

Jacques Derenne, Mélanie Pérez Public institutions : The Court of Justice of the European Union confirms that the implicit guarantees inherent to the status of a public institution of an industrial and commercial nature qualified as an incompatible State aid (France / Commission)


Changes in the legal status of La Poste ---- Let us briefly recall the evolution of the legal status of La Poste. By an Act of 2 July 1990 the former Directorate-General for Posts and Telecommunications was split into two legal persons governed by public law: France Télécom and La Poste. By a (...)

Jacques Derenne, Mélanie Pérez New aid: The Court of Justice of the European Union reiterates its case law on the notions of new aid and restriction on competition as well as on the application of the private creditor test (Rousse Industry)


In 1996 and 1997, the Bulgarian State granted loans to Rousse Industry AD, a company active in the shipbuilding industry, whose repayment debt had been the subject of a first rescheduling agreement in 2001 with extended repayment terms from 2006 until 2015. As the company failed to meet the (...)

Jacques Derenne, Mélanie Pérez Recovery: The Court of Justice of the European Union clarifies the powers of the national judge in quantifying the amount of aid to recover (Mediaset)


Background Let us briefly review the facts of the case. In order to facilitate and accelerate the switchover to digital terrestrial television, Italy granted a public subsidy in 2004 and 2005 to each user of the broadcasting service who bought or rented a decoder for the free-to-air reception (...)

Jacques Derenne, Mélanie Pérez Recovery: The Court of Justice of the European Union reiterates that the only exception to the obligation of implementing recovery decisions without delay is the absolute impossibility of giving effect to a decision (Commission / Italy)


A Commission decision of 23 February 2011 had ordered Italy to recover aid linked to the supply of electricity at preferential tariffs to three companies established in Sardinia. Italy is condemned here for not recovering this aid within the time limit. The Court reiterates its traditional (...)

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