The EU General Court examines a system of levies on electricity consumers and concludes that it is likely to infringe fundamental provisions of the EU Treaty (Achema / Lifosa)

State Aid Measures May not be Funded through Discriminatory Taxes* Introduction Member States finance the generation of electricity from renewable energy sources [RES] with revenue they raise through levies or charges on consumers of electricity. On 14 April 2021, the General Court in judgment in case T‑300/19, Achema v European Commission, examined one such system of levies on electricity consumers and concluded that it was likely to infringe fundamental provisions of the EU Treaty. Consequently, the aid scheme could not be considered compatible with the internal market. The case concerned Commission decision SA.45765 that had authorised a Lithuanian scheme that supported producers of electricity from RES. Achema contested the Commission decision on the grounds that the Commission

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