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Concept of economic activity: The General Court of the European Union annuls a decision of the European Commission, which found compatible with the internal market aids granted to organisations in charge of nature conservation (Vereniging Gelijkberechtiging Grondbezitters)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. The facts which led the Court of First Instance to annul a first-phase decision of the Commission in Case T-79/16 may appear quite trivial. The particular context of an atypical SGEI Until 2011, the Netherlands provided grants to nature conservation organisations for the acquisition of natural areas. The scheme allowed the purchase of ecologically valuable land, the termination of lease rights and the sale or exchange of land necessary for the creation of an ecological structure and a 'Nature 2000' network for the protection of biodiversity. In addition to their main, non-economic activity, these non-governmental non-profit associations and foundations

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Bruno Stromsky, Concept of economic activity: The General Court of the European Union annuls a decision of the European Commission, which found compatible with the internal market aids granted to organisations in charge of nature conservation (Vereniging Gelijkberechtiging Grondbezitters), 15 October 2018, Concurrences N° 1-2019, Art. N° 89298, pp. 136-137

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