The EU General Court issues a decision which confirms that Member States have a right to grant State aid to undertakings of their choice rather than to all undertakings that may need or somehow “deserve” State aid (Ryanair)

Individual Aid to Counter the Effects of Serious Economic Disturbance Is Legally Possible, but Is it Appropriate?* Individual aid need not be capable itself to remedy serious economic disturbance in the economy of a Member State. It is sufficient that it contributes to that effect. Introduction On 22 June 2022, in case T‑657/20, Ryanair v European Commission, the General Court confirmed once more that Member States have a right to grant State aid to the undertakings of their choice rather than to all undertakings that may need or somehow “deserve” State aid. [1] Ryanair sought the annulment of Commission Decision SA.57410 concerning the recapitalisation of Finnair that was intended to offset the impact of covid-19. The measure was notified to the Commission in June 2020. Finland asked

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Phedon Nicolaides, The EU General Court issues a decision which confirms that Member States have a right to grant State aid to undertakings of their choice rather than to all undertakings that may need or somehow “deserve” State aid (Ryanair), 22 June 2022, e-Competitions June 2022, Art. N° 108771

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