On 14 April 2021, the General Court delivered two judgments (Achema and Lifosa, Case T-300/19, and Verband Deutscher Alten und Behindertenhilfe and CarePool Hannover, Case T-69/18, hereinafter “Achema” and “Verband Deutscher Alten”), which provide further guidance on the standard of judicial review of Commission decisions not to raise objections at the end of the preliminary examination phase (see Article 4(3) of Regulation 2015/1589, OJ L 248, 24.9.2015, pp. 9-29, the “State aid Procedural Regulation”). Before describing some of the relevant takeaways of the judgments from the viewpoint of the State aid rules, it is useful to briefly outline the background of the cases. Achema (Case T-300/19) concerned aid measures adopted by Lithuania to support producers of electricity from renewable
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