CASE COMMENTS: STATE AID - EUROPEAN UNION - RELIEF OF SOCIAL CHARGES - VALIDITY - COMPATIBILITY

Incompatible aid: The Court of Justice of the European Union declares the European Commission’s 2004 decision stating that the aid granted in the form of relief from social security contributions following the Erika disaster was illegal and incompatible with the common market, while it was seized of a request for interpretation of the terms and conditions for implementing this decision (Compagnie des pêches de Saint-Malo)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. In order to alleviate the consequences of the oil slick caused by the sinking of theErika in the Bay of Biscay on 12 December 1999 and the damage caused by the storm Lothar on 27 and 28 December 1999, France adopted support measures for fishermen and fish farmers in April and July 2000. These measures included a 50% reduction in social security contributions for the period from 15 April to 15 October 2000. The reduction concerned both employer and employee contributions and applied to all French fishermen. Following the notification of these measures, which had already been implemented, the Commission, by its Decision 2005/239/EC of 14 July 2004The

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Raphaël Vuitton, Incompatible aid: The Court of Justice of the European Union declares the European Commission’s 2004 decision stating that the aid granted in the form of relief from social security contributions following the Erika disaster was illegal and incompatible with the common market, while it was seized of a request for interpretation of the terms and conditions for implementing this decision (Compagnie des pêches de Saint-Malo), 17 September 2020, Concurrences N° 4-2020, Art. N° 97649, pp. 177-178

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