The EU Court of Justice upholds the General Court’s finding that Greek compensation payments made to farmers are incompatible State aid which must be recovered (Greece / Commission)

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Compensatory Payments Can still Confer an Advantage* Membership of a compulsory insurance scheme can still confer an advantage to participating undertakings. Private contributions can still become state resources if they are paid into a fund that is managed by the state. Member States always have the option to ask for a measure to be assessed directly on the basis of the Treaty but they have to justify such a request. Introduction On 8 March 2016, the Court of Justice ruled an appeal brought by Greece against the judgment of the General Court in case T‑52/12, Greece v Commission. Greece had requested annulment of the Commission decision 2012/157 concerning compensation payments made by the Greek Agricultural Insurance Organisation (ELGA) in 2008 and 2009. The Commission had found

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Phedon Nicolaides, The EU Court of Justice upholds the General Court’s finding that Greek compensation payments made to farmers are incompatible State aid which must be recovered (Greece / Commission), 8 March 2016, e-Competitions Bulletin March 2016, Art. N° 90253

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