The EU General Court clarifies both the date on which State aid is deemed to be granted and the scope of public service obligations (ARFEA)

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The Date and Scope of Public Service Compensation* Aid is deemed to be granted on the date the beneficiary undertaking acquires the legal right to it, regardless of whether it is actually paid on that date. It is not enough for a public authority to define the service that it wants an operator to provide and the price that it should charge. It must also define where and when that service should be provided. Introduction A recurring theme in the field of State aid is when aid is considered to be granted. This issue is of decisive significance when the Commission orders recovery of aid that is found to be incompatible with internal market. Another issue that seems to be causing problems to Member States is the correct definition of the scope of public service obligations. In its

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