ALERTS: STATE AID - EUROPEAN UNION - SLOVAKIA - COMPATIBLE AID - FORMAL INVESTIGATION PROCEDURE - NOTIFICATION

Compatibility of the aid : The General Court of the European Union holds that the European Commission failed to verify that a beneficiary undertaking was indeed an SME within the meaning of the Block Exemption Regulation No 651/2014 and that it should have had doubts in that regard which gave rise to serious difficulties concerning the compatibility of the aid in question with the internal market, obliging it to open the formal investigation procedure (Kerkosand)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. On 9 September 2020, the Court of First Instance of the European Union delivered a judgment in Case T-745/17 (Kerkosand v. European Commission). It annuls the decision of 20 July 2017. according to which the Commission considered in substance that the EUR 5 million investment aid granted by the Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency to the silica sand producer NAJPI fulfilled the conditions of Commission Regulation (EU) No 651/2014 of 17 June 2014, declaring certain categories of aid compatible with the internal market pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 TFEU, and in particular that relating to the SME status of the beneficiary undertaking, so that it was

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Alain Ronzano, Compatibility of the aid : The General Court of the European Union holds that the European Commission failed to verify that a beneficiary undertaking was indeed an SME within the meaning of the Block Exemption Regulation No 651/2014 and that it should have had doubts in that regard which gave rise to serious difficulties concerning the compatibility of the aid in question with the internal market, obliging it to open the formal investigation procedure (Kerkosand), 9 September 2020, Concurrences N° 4-2020, Art. N° 96686, www.concurrences.com

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