CASE COMMENTS: STATE AID - EXISTING AID - OBLIGATION TO STATE REASONS - FINDING OF THE COURT OF ITS OWN MOTION - PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES - APPLICATION OF ARTICLE 1(B)(V) OF REGULATION N° 659/1999 :

Existing aid: The CFI raises by its own motion the Commission’s obligation to state reasons on the existing character of a State aid due to particular circumstances (Ireland, France, Italy)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. CFI, 12 December 2007, Ireland, France, Italy a.o. v. Commission, cases T-50/06 a.o. The case is very interesting because it involves linking the system of state aid decisions under the procedures laid down in the Treaty with decisions that the Union institutions may take under other powers, under other procedures. In the present case, there has since been Council Decision 92/510/EEC of 19 October 1992, an authorisation first given to Ireland, then extended to Italy and France and subsequently extended in several Council Decisions, to enable them to apply reductions in the rate of excise duty to certain mineral oils used for specific purposes. These

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Jean-Yves Chérot, Existing aid: The CFI raises by its own motion the Commission’s obligation to state reasons on the existing character of a State aid due to particular circumstances (Ireland, France, Italy), 12 December 2007, Concurrences N° 1-2008, Art. N° 15297, pp. 158-159

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