The Federal Administrative Court has ruled on the conditions under which the levy of a special-purpose association can be regarded as aid within the meaning of European law. According to its judgement of 16 December 2010, a levy imposed by a special-purpose association exclusively to compensate for expenditure in the area of public service obligations is not aid and therefore does not have to be approved by the European Commission. Background & facts of the case The defendant, a special-purpose association in the Federal State Rheinland-Pfalz, disposes of slaughterhouse waste for its members and for other municipalities. It maintains reserve capacities for epidemic cases but also processes non-hazardous and therefore freely tradable material, for example into animal meal. The
The German Federal Administrative Court rules on the conditions under which the levy of a special-purpose association can be regarded as aid within the meaning of European law
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