The EU General Court finds that an authorisation agreement on the mining fees payable for the exploitation of hydrocarbon reserves does not constitute State aid incompatible with the internal market (MOL)

GC rules on two-part State aid measures and selectivity under Art 107(1) TFEU (T-499/10)* In its Judgment of 12 November 2013 in case T-499/10 MOL v Commission, the General Court has found that an authorisation agreement that froze the mining fees payable for the exploitation of hydrocarbon reserves and that exempted the beneficiary from complying with a posterior law that increased the applicable mining fees does not constitute State aid incompatible with the internal market. In my view, the Judgment is interesting for the guidance it provides regarding the analysis of two-part or complex State aid measures. In the case, MOL and the Hungarian State entered into an authorisation agreement in 2005 whereby the mining rights assigned to MOL were extended and the mining fees payable in

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Albert Sánchez Graells, The EU General Court finds that an authorisation agreement on the mining fees payable for the exploitation of hydrocarbon reserves does not constitute State aid incompatible with the internal market (MOL), 12 November 2013, e-Competitions November 2013, Art. N° 59691

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