On 13 May 2020, the General Court delivered three judgments in Cases T-607/17,T-716/17,T-8/18, concerning Volotea, Germanwings and easyJet, respectively (the “Applicants”). These judgments follow actions for annulment brought by the Applicants against a decision of the Commission finding that Italy had granted State aid to airlines serving airports located in the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (the “Region”). The Commission found the aid to be illegal and incompatible with the internal market, and ordered Italy to recover the aid from the recipient airlines. The aid scheme and the implementing individual aid were granted by the Region to Sardinian airport operators, with a view to promoting the local economy, tourism and culture. The aid scheme provided for compensation for the costs
The EU General Court provides guidance on the notion of State aid under EU law following action for annulment brought by airline companies against a decision of the Commission finding an Italian aid to be illegal and incompatible with the internal market (Volotea / Germanwings / EasyJet)
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