CASE COMMENTS: STATE AID – EUROPEAN UNION – BUS TRANSPORT – NEW AID – ADVANTAGE – INVESTMENT SUBSIDIES

New aid: The General Court of the European Union confirms the decision of the European Commission qualifying the investment subsidies granted to bus companies in the Île-de-France Region as constituting new aids, which are illegal but compatible with the common market (Keolis, Transdev, Région Île-de-France, Optile, Ceobus, STIF-IDF)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article in French, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Background In order to improve the public transport offer, the Île-de-France region adopted a decision in 1994, renewing a mechanism that had existed since 1979. The purpose of the decision was to grant aid to public authorities which had concluded contracts for the operation of regular bus routes with private companies providing regular public road transport. This aid was then paid back by these authorities to the transport companies. The aid was granted in the form of investment subsidies and was intended to promote the acquisition of new vehicles and the installation of new equipment. This mechanism was renewed in 1998 and 2001, before being

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Raphaël Vuitton, New aid: The General Court of the European Union confirms the decision of the European Commission qualifying the investment subsidies granted to bus companies in the Île-de-France Region as constituting new aids, which are illegal but compatible with the common market (Keolis, Transdev, Région Île-de-France, Optile, Ceobus, STIF-IDF), 12 July 2019, Concurrences N° 4-2019, Art. N° 92425, pp. 141-144

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