CASE COMMENTS: STATE AID - EUROPEAN UNION - ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES - SERVICE OF GENERAL INTEREST - ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Service of general economic interest: The Court of Justice of the European Union confirms the annulment of a decision of the European Commission declaring an aid for the acquisition of land granted to nature protection organizations that carried out secondary economic activities compatible with the internal market (Vereniging tot Behoud van Natuurmonumenten in Nederland)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. At first instance, the Court of First Instance had annulled a Commission decision of 2015 which, following a first-phase examination, declared aid granted by the Netherlands to nature conservation organisations compatible with the internal market under Article 106(2) TFEU. These organisations were engaged in secondary economic activities, such as forestry, the sale of wood and meat, the leasing of hunting and fishing rights and tourism, the revenue from which helped to finance their main activity, namely the acquisition and conservation of natural areas (Trib. EU, 15 Oct. 2018, Vereniging Gelijkberechtiging Grondbezitters and others, Case T-79/16,

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Bruno Stromsky, Service of general economic interest: The Court of Justice of the European Union confirms the annulment of a decision of the European Commission declaring an aid for the acquisition of land granted to nature protection organizations that carried out secondary economic activities compatible with the internal market (Vereniging tot Behoud van Natuurmonumenten in Nederland), 3 September 2020, Concurrences N° 4-2020, Art. N° 97648, pp. 176-177

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