The EU Court of Justice dismisses two actions brought by an airline company against the Commission’s approval of State aid schemes supporting airlines holding national licences during the COVID-19 pandemic (Ryanair)

In May 2020, Ryanair brought two separate actions against the EC approval of a Swedish [1] and a French [2] State aid scheme supporting airlines holding national licences under Article 107(3)(b) TFEU and Article 107(2)(b) TFEU respectively. On 17 February 2021, the General Court dismissed Ryanair’s actions in Cases T-238/20 [3] and T-259/20 [4] and confirmed the EC assessment of the Swedish and French aid schemes. These judgments are of a significant importance as they give an indication of how COVID-19 State aid approved under the Temporary Framework [5] will be treated

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Ana Manzaneque, José Rivas, Chloe Birkett, The EU Court of Justice dismisses two actions brought by an airline company against the Commission’s approval of State aid schemes supporting airlines holding national licences during the COVID-19 pandemic (Ryanair), 17 February 2021, e-Competitions February 2021, Art. N° 99751

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