The EU Court of Justice clarifies some aspects of State aid related to social security contributions (Ministre de l’Agriculture et de l’Alimentation / Compagnie de pêche de Saint-Malo)

On 17 September 2020, the Court of Justice (the “ECJ” or “Court”) answered several questions raised by a request for a preliminary ruling from the French Conseil d’État, with regard to the interpretation of Commission Decision 2005/239/EC (the “Decision at issue”). This Decision concerned certain aid measures adopted by France to compensate fish farmers and fishermen for the damage suffered as a result of environmental disasters that occurred in 1999. The Decision at issue classified some of those measures – providing for a reduction of the fishermen’s social security contributions – as illegal and incompatible State aid and, consequently, ordered their recovery. As the recovery order was left unexecuted for several years, the Commission brought France before the ECJ on the basis of Article

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  • Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
  • Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)

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Markus Wellinger, Francesco Pili, The EU Court of Justice clarifies some aspects of State aid related to social security contributions (Ministre de l’Agriculture et de l’Alimentation / Compagnie de pêche de Saint-Malo), 17 September 2020, e-Competitions September 2020, Art. N° 97162

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