The EU General Court holds that compensation for structural disadvantages encumbering undertakings is still State aid except if it satisfies the Altmark criteria (France)

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Relief from Pension Contributions* Compensation for structural disadvantages encumbering undertakings is still State aid. Compensation for structural disadvantages encumbering SGEI providers is not State aid only if it satisfies the Altmark criteria. Judgment of 26 February 2015, T-135/12, France v Commission. The judgment concerns a measure that partly relieved France Telecom from financing extra pension benefits for those of its staff who had civil servant status [1]. When France Telecoms was privatised in the early 1990s, its staff retained the privileges they enjoyed as state

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Phedon Nicolaides, The EU General Court holds that compensation for structural disadvantages encumbering undertakings is still State aid except if it satisfies the Altmark criteria (France), 26 février 2015, e-Competitions State aid and Service of General Economic Interest, Art. N° 72565

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