The EU General Court reinforces the doctrine of inseparability concerning compensation for public service obligations assigned to environmental organisations (Germany / Commission)

The Emerging Doctrine of Inseparability and Compensation for Public Service Obligations [T-347/09, Germany v Commission]* Introduction In the landmark judgment in Leipzig Halle, the General Court stated that infrastructure which is inseparable from economic activity is itself economic and its public funding can fall in principle within the scope of Article 107(1) TFEU. The Court of Justice has confirmed this principle. On 12 September 2013, the General Court in its judgment in case T-347/09, Germany v Commission, also relied on the concept of inseparability to determine, however, whether certain economic activities could be considered instead to be non-economic because they were inextricably linked to non-economic activities. This is the mirror image of the principle in Leipzig

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Phedon Nicolaides, The EU General Court reinforces the doctrine of inseparability concerning compensation for public service obligations assigned to environmental organisations (Germany / Commission), 12 septembre 2013, e-Competitions State aid and Service of General Economic Interest, Art. N° 57952

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