CASE COMMENTS: STATE AIDS – PUBLIC SERVICE – COMPENSATION

Public service obligation: The General Court of the European Union confirms the Commission’s decision categorizing a retroactive compensation granted by the Italian authorities to a company delivering inter-regional bus transport services as State aid incompatible with the internal market (Simet / Commission)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article in French, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Simet is an Italian company which provides passenger road transport services, including a network of regular interregional coach services between Calabria and other regions of Italy. These interregional routes were operated under annual concessions granted by the Italian authorities on the basis of a set of specifications. In 1999, Simet asked the Italian authorities to compensate it for the public service obligations it had assumed in connection with the operation of these routes since 1987. That request was rejected on the ground that it did not satisfy the conditions laid down by Council Regulation No 1191/69 of 26 June 1969 on action by

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Raphaël Vuitton, Public service obligation: The General Court of the European Union confirms the Commission’s decision categorizing a retroactive compensation granted by the Italian authorities to a company delivering inter-regional bus transport services as State aid incompatible with the internal market (Simet / Commission) , 3 March 2016, Concurrences N° 2-2016, Art. N° 78986, pp. 165-166

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