The EU Court of Justice holds that the EU rules do not impose time limitation rules when national courts deal with a claim for damages arising from non-notified aid (Fallimento Traghetti del Mediterraneo)

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EU Rules do not Impose a Time Limit on the Power of National Courts to Deal with Non-notified Aid* State aid may affect trade even when the market concerned is not liberalised. This can happen when the aid recipient also has operations outside that market, which it can cross-subsidise. Claims for damages caused by illegal aid must be accorded the same treatment under national law as any other claim resulting from faulty decisions of the state. Introduction A well-known principle in State aid law is that the Commission is empowered to order recovery of incompatible aid only when is not more than 10 years old. This is the so-called limitation period. The Commission may not demand recovery of aid that was granted more than 10 years earlier. Aid that is older than 10 years is considered

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