The French State Council deals with alleged State aid claimed by an interprofessional organisation requesting the annulment of a ministerial decision (Comité National des Interprofessions des Vins à Appelations)

Factual Background Twelve interprofessional organisations lodged a series of actions in annulment against a ministerial decision before the administrative jurisdictions, rejecting their demand for notification to the European Commission of a provision of the French rural code (Code rural) allowing interprofessional organisations to set up compulsory contributions on behalf of all the members of these organisations. The claimants introduced several requests asking the government to notify the European Commission, pursuant to Article 88(3) EC, in respect of the provision allowing professional organisations to set out the payment of contributions. The claimants requested the CoS annul the decision refusing notification of the provision. In addition, the claimants asked the CoS to order

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