The EU Court of Justice holds that Italy failed to comply with the Commission’s State aid decision addressing the issue of the status of protocol on internal market and competition (Commission / Italy)

“Thanks Nicolas Sarkozy, but no thanks.” CJEU rules on status of Protocol on Internal Market and Competition* When the EU leaders agreed on the final version of the Lisbon Treaty, one particular amendment caused turmoil in the European competition law community. The Lisbon Treaty repealed the 50-year-old commitment to “undistorted competition”, embedded in the fundamental provisions of the EC Treaty (Article 3(1)(g) EC), and moved it to a Protocol annexed to the Treaties. French president Nicolas Sarkozy secured the change. The suppression of the reference to undistorted competition originated in the aborted Treaty on a Constitutional for Europe, which for the first time expressed competition as an objective in its own right (rather than an activity). Sarkozy opposed, arguing that the

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Ben Van Rompuy, The EU Court of Justice holds that Italy failed to comply with the Commission’s State aid decision addressing the issue of the status of protocol on internal market and competition (Commission / Italy), 17 November 2011, e-Competitions November 2011, Art. N° 40437

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