CASE COMMENTS: STATE AID – EUROPEAN UNION – MARITIME TRANSPORT – ACTIONS FOR DAMAGES - STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS

Statute of limitations: The Court of Justice of the European Union rules that the expiration of the 10-year limitation period for the recovery of unlawful State aid does not deprive of any basis an action for damages brought against the Member State which granted them (Fallimento Traghetti del Mediterraneo)

Les aides accordées par les autorités italiennes au groupe de navigation Tirrenia alimentent régulièrement le prétoire des juridictions italiennes et européennes. Cette véritable saga judiciaire s’apparente, pour le juge de l’Union, au sparadrap du capitaine Haddock dans “l’affaire Tournesol” (voir, notamment, arrêts de la Cour du 9 octobre 2001, Italie c/ Commission, aff. C-400/99, EU:C:2001:528, du 10 mai 2005, Italie c/ Commission, aff. C-400/99, EU:C:2005:275, du 13 juin 2006, Traghetti del Mediterraneo, aff. C-173/03, EU:C:2006:391, du 13 juin 2006, Traghetti del Mediterraneo, aff. C-173/03, EU:C:2006:391, du 10 juin 2010, Fallimento Traghetti del Mediterrane, aff. C-140/09, EU:C:2010:335, ainsi que arrêts du Tribunal du 20 juin 2007, Tirrenia di Navigazione e.a., aff. T-246/99, EU:T:2007:186,

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Raphael Vuitton, Statute of limitations: The Court of Justice of the European Union rules that the expiration of the 10-year limitation period for the recovery of unlawful State aid does not deprive of any basis an action for damages brought against the Member State which granted them (Fallimento Traghetti del Mediterraneo), 23 January 2019, Concurrences Review N° 2-2019, Art. N° 90439, pp. 119-122

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