State Aid and Anti-Competitive Practices* State aid to undertakings that engage in anti-competitive practices is incompatible with the internal market. Introduction For State aid to be compatible with the internal market, it may not infringe any other provision of the Treaty or secondary legislation. Occasionally, the Commission finds State aid measures to be incompatible with the internal market because they contain clauses that exclude foreign companies or require aid recipients to use domestic products or labour. It is rare for a State aid measure to be incompatible because one or more of the aid recipients are members of a cartel. On 18 May 2022, the General Court, in case T-601/20, Tirrenia di navigazione v European Commission, examined an Italian aid measure that supported a
The EU General Court rejects a shipping company’s appeal against a State aid recovery decision on the grounds that the company’s participation in a cartel renders the aid incompatible with the internal market (Tirrenia Group)
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