Judgment of the Court of First Instance of 4 July 2007 - Bouygues and Bouygues Télécom v Commission

(Case T-475/04) 1

(State Aid - Mobile telephony - Alteration of the fees payable by Orange and SFR for the UMTS licences - Decision finding no State aid)

Language of the case: French

Parties

Applicant: Bouygues and Bouygues Tèlécom (Boulogne-Billancourt, France) (represented by: L. Vogel, J. Vogel, B. Amory, A. Verheyden, F. Sureau and D. Théophile, lawyers)

Defendant: Commission of the European Communities (represented by: J.L. Buendia Sierra and C. Giolito, Agents)

Interveners in support of the defendant: French Republic (represented by: G. de Bergues and S. Ramet, Agents); Société française de radiotéléphone - SFR (Paris, France) (represented by: C. Vadja QC and A. Vincent, lawyer; and Orange France SA (Montrouge, France) (represented by: A. Gosset-Grainville and S. Hautbourg, lawyers)

Re:

Action for annulment of the Commision's decision of 20 July 2004 (State aid NN 42/2004 - France) concerning alteration of the fees payable by Orange and SFR for the UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunication System) licences.

Operative part of the judgment

The Court:

Dismisses the action;

Orders Bouygues and Bouygues Télécom SA jointly and severally to pay their own costs, those of the Commission and those of Orange France SA and Société française de radiotéléphone - SFR

Orders the French Republic to pay its own costs.

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1 - OJ C 69 of 19.3.2005.