The EU Court of Justice further narrows the scope for exceptions to recovery of interest on illegal State aid following a company receiving a credit line for the recovery of agricultural and breeding livestock activities from the Portuguese authorities (Nelson Antunes da Cunha)

On 30 April 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the “Court of Justice”) delivered another important judgment concerning the complex relationship between State aid and national procedural rules (Case C-627/18, Nelson Antunes da Cunha). The judgment was delivered in response to a request for a preliminary ruling from the Administrative and Tax Court of Coimbra, Portugal. The request was made in the context of proceedings between Nelson Antunes da Cunha Lda (a Portuguese company) and the Portuguese authorities (specifically, the Institute for the Financing of Agriculture and Fisheries – “IFAP”) regarding the recovery of illegal State aid. The facts of the case go back to the early 1990s, when Nelson Antunes da Cunha received a credit line for the recovery of agricultural and

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Markus Wellinger, The EU Court of Justice further narrows the scope for exceptions to recovery of interest on illegal State aid following a company receiving a credit line for the recovery of agricultural and breeding livestock activities from the Portuguese authorities (Nelson Antunes da Cunha), 30 April 2020, e-Competitions April 2020, Art. N° 95192

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