The EU Court of Justice rules on whether and when existing aids become new aid (DEI / Alouminion tis Ellados)

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Existing v new aid and role of national courts* Introduction On 26 October 2016, the Court of Justice ruled in case C‑590/14 P, DEI v Commission. [1] DEI, the incumbent electricity producer in Greece appealed against the judgment of the General Court in case T‑542/11, Alouminion v Commission. The General Court annulled Commission decision 2012/339 concerning State aid that Greece had granted to Alouminion, a producer of aluminium. The judgment of the General Court was reviewed here on 18 November 2014. In 1960, DEI and Alouminion entered into a contract whereby DEI agreed to sell to Alouminion electricity at a preferential tariff. The agreement was valid until 2006. In February 2004, in accordance with the provisions of the contract, DEI informed Alouminion of its intention to

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