The Belgian Civil Supreme Court applies the ruling of the ECJ in the Van Calster case and holds that the tax on slaughterhouses does not constitutes unlawful State aid as it is part of an aid scheme declared compatible (Slachthuis Swaegers)

Factual Background Under the Belgian Animal Health Act 1987 (the “1987 Act”), compulsory charges were levied on slaughterhouses. These charges were subsequently used to finance animal welfare measures that improve the hygiene, health and quality of life of animals. This scheme had, however, never been notified to the European Commission despite the obligation to do so set out in Article 88(3) EC Treaty. In 1991, the European Commission found this scheme to be in breach of the State aid rules. In order to remedy this breach, the Belgium government decided to establish a fund for the hygiene, health and quality of life of

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

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Jacques Derenne, Cédric Kaczmarek, The Belgian Civil Supreme Court applies the ruling of the ECJ in the Van Calster case and holds that the tax on slaughterhouses does not constitutes unlawful State aid as it is part of an aid scheme declared compatible (Slachthuis Swaegers), 5 December 2008, e-Competitions Bulletin December 2008, Art. N° 28457

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