The role of third parties in State aid cases

The prior control of the granting of State aid by an independent and supranational authority, the European Commission, constitutes the essential cornerstone of the creation of the internal market. However, State aid procedural rules have privileged Member States, whilst third parties, primarily interested parties (beneficiaries, competitors, complainants, investors), are not involved or in a manner entirely insufficient. This Dossier makes a bitter but objective observation of this unacceptable situation, while sometimes suggesting pragmatic solutions, in the form of case-law, regulations and legislation, without amending the treaties.

TABLE OF ContentsIntroduction, Jacques Derenne, Avocat associé, Sheppard Mullin, Bruxelles, Professeur, Université de Liège et à la Brussels School of Competition Practical matters concerning third parties’ involvement in State aid procedures before the Commission, Alessandro Cogoni, Associate, Bonelli Erede Lombardi Pappalardo, Brussels and Massimo Merola, Senior Partner, Head of the EU law team Bonelli Erede Lombardi Pappalardo, Brussels Professor College of Europe, Bruges, Lecturer, Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas University The beneficiary under EU State aid law: A poorly protected position, Guillaume Blanc, Associate Jones Day, Brussels and Philipp Werner, Partner Jones Day, Brussels Questions de recevabilité du recours en annulation introduit en vertu de l’article 263 TFUE par un tiers,

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  • Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton (Brussels)
  • Bonelli Erede (Brussels)
  • Bonelli Erede (Brussels)
  • Jones Day (Brussels)
  • Jones Day (Brussels)
  • European Commission - Legal Service (Brussels)
  • Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton (Brussels)
  • Gleiss Lutz (Brussels)
  • Gleiss Lutz (Brussels)
  • General Court of the European Union (Luxembourg)
  • European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)
  • Alistair McGlone and Associates Ltd (London)
  • Liège University (Liège)


Jacques Derenne, Alessandro Cogoni, Massimo Merola, Guillaume Blanc, Philipp Werner, Cvetelina Georgieva, Dimitris Vallindas, Ulrich Soltész, Christian Weinmann, Valérie Noël, Sébastien Thomas, Alistair McGlone, Clélia Jadot, The role of third parties in State aid cases, November 2022, Concurrences N° 4-2022, Art. N° 109422,

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