CASE COMMENTS: STATE AID – EUROPEAN UNION – AIRLINES – DIRECT OR INDIRECT BENEFICIARIES – IMPUTABILITY TO THE STATE

Indirect beneficiaries: The General Court of the European Union confirms that airlines serving Sardinia, which concluded commercial agreements with airport operators, with a view to improving the island’s air service and promoting it as a touristic destination, benefitted from State aid (Volotea / Germanwings / EasyJet)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. The three judgments handed down by the Tribunal in the cases concerning airlines serving Sardinia are quite rich. They deal in particular with an often complex and controversial issue, that of the indirect benefit of aid. The case law makes it clear that Article 107(1) TFEU applies both to measures conferring a direct advantage on undertakings and to those which give them an indirect advantage. However, the distinction between the indirect advantage provided by an aid measure and the secondary effects of an aid measure (which do not lead to the qualification of the undertakings benefiting from the aid as aid beneficiaries, nor to its consequences, in

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Bruno Stromsky, Indirect beneficiaries: The General Court of the European Union confirms that airlines serving Sardinia, which concluded commercial agreements with airport operators, with a view to improving the island’s air service and promoting it as a touristic destination, benefitted from State aid (Volotea / Germanwings / EasyJet), 13 May 2020, Concurrences N° 3-2020, Art. N° 96328, pp. 144-147

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