The French State Council finds that a parafiscal tax imposed in the sector of pork meat production should not have been notified as a State aid (Coopérative Cooperl Hunaudaye / Federation Syndigel)

Factual Background The appellant is a group of pork producers also active in the field of slaughtering, cutting and pork meat processing. The undertaking, supported by Syndigel, which is a syndicate of wholesalers, seeks the annulment of an administrative decision of the Ministers of economy and finance and agriculture to extend an interprofessional agreement concerning professionals in the field of porcine activities. This decision also instituted a volontary compulsory contribution (contribution volontaire obligatoire - CVO) which is a parafiscal tax financing activities in the sector pursuant to a provision of the rural code. The contribution is applied on pork carcass

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