CASE COMMENTS : STATE AIDS - PENSION SCHEME – ADVANTAGE – SELECTIVE NATURE – TRANSFER OF STATE RESOURCES – UNLAWFUL AID - SERVICES

Unlawful aid : The General Court of the European Union dismisses two actions brought against a Commission’s decision holding that an exemption from the obligation to contribute to a pension protection fund put into effect by the United-Kingdom is an unlawful and incompatible state aid (British Telecommunications, BT Pension Scheme Trustee)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. In the recent period, the Commission, most often in response to complaints, has had to examine changes in the financing of the pension schemes of former incumbent network operators introduced in several Member States following the privatisation of these operators. While the decisions delivered by that institution show the specific nature of the changes made in each of those Member States, the appeals brought against some of those decisions attest to the closeness of the problems encountered (see the pleas in law relied on in Cases T-135/12 France v Commission and T 385/12 France Télécom v Commission...).and inCase T 143/12, Germany v Commission). Thus, the

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Jérôme Gstalter, Unlawful aid : The General Court of the European Union dismisses two actions brought against a Commission’s decision holding that an exemption from the obligation to contribute to a pension protection fund put into effect by the United-Kingdom is an unlawful and incompatible state aid (British Telecommunications, BT Pension Scheme Trustee), 16 September 2013, Concurrences N° 1-2014, Art. N° 63411, pp. 155-157

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