The Irish High Court refuses an application for a stay in proceedings seeking recovery of State aid as a low-cost air carrier had failed to demonstrate that it would suffer irreparable harm if the stay was not granted (Ryanair)

Brief description of the facts and legal issues The High Court refused an application for a stay in proceedings seeking recovery of State aid as Ryanair had failed to demonstrate that it would suffer irreparable harm if the stay was not granted. Parties: – The plaintiff: Kingdom of Belgium – The defendant: Ryanair Limited Factual background: By a decision published on 12th February 2004, the European Commission ("the Commission") decided that certain reductions in landing charges and discounts on ground handling services accorded to Ryanair by the Walloon Region in Belgium, which went beyond levels laid down in relevant legislation, constituted incompatible state aid. Certain other types of aid, such as marketing contributions and one-shot incentives, were found to be compatible

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Katharine Hastie-Oldland, The Irish High Court refuses an application for a stay in proceedings seeking recovery of State aid as a low-cost air carrier had failed to demonstrate that it would suffer irreparable harm if the stay was not granted (Ryanair), 30 June 2006, e-Competitions June 2006, Art. N° 28031

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