The German Regional Court rules that an EC Commission decision ordering recovery of an illegal aid measure must first be issued before a German court may deal with a request brought by a competitor (Ryanair 4)

Brief description of the facts and legal issues The Coblence Higher Regional Court of appeal rejects the appeal lodged by Lufthansa against LG Bad Kreuznach's judgment and rules that the appeal lacks a legal basis. A Commission decision (be it provisional or definitive) ordering the recovery of an unlawful aid measure should be issued first; only then may a German court deal with such a request brought by a competitor. The questions on the application of the MEIP test and the existence of aid are still open (Ryanair 4). Parties: The applicant: Lufthansa, a private airline (competitor to Ryanair); The defendant: undertaking (held partially by a publically listed company and partially by two Federal States) that operates the Frankfurt Hahn airport Factual background: The Higher

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  • Delegation of the European Union to the United States (Washington D.C.)
  • European Commission (Brussels)

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Rainer Wessely, Alix Müller-Rappard, The German Regional Court rules that an EC Commission decision ordering recovery of an illegal aid measure must first be issued before a German court may deal with a request brought by a competitor (Ryanair 4), 25 février 2009, e-Competitions February 2009, Art. N° 26919

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