The EU Commission decides that the measure for the development of sustainable tourism had no impact on intra-EU trade and, consequently, did not constitute state aid (NUTS II region Southeast)

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How Not to Determine the Effect on Trade [Infrastructure for Tourism, Czech Republic (SA.35909)]* Introduction Normally the articles in this blog identify landmark court rulings and seminal decisions of the Commission which set important precedents and provide useful guidance to State aid professionals and practitioners. This article deviates from this custom. It examines a recent case where the Commission concluded that public subsidies did not constitute State aid because intra-EU trade was not affected. However, the quality of the decision is questionable. It is not clearly reasoned and appears to be based on flimsy evidence. This decision is unlikely to be of much use to Member States. It is rather an example of what should be avoided. The measure [1] The main objective of the

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Phedon Nicolaides, The EU Commission decides that the measure for the development of sustainable tourism had no impact on intra-EU trade and, consequently, did not constitute state aid (NUTS II region Southeast), 2 July 2013, e-Competitions Bulletin July 2013, Art. N° 60713

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