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Judgment of the Court (Third Chamber) of 28 March 2019 — Federal Republic of Germany v European Commission

(Case C-405/16 P) 1

(Appeal — State aid — Aid granted by certain provisions of the amended German law concerning renewable energy sources (EEG 2012) — Aid supporting renewable electricity and reduced EEG surcharge for energy-intensive users — Decision declaring the aid partially incompatible with the internal market — Concept of State aid — Advantage — State resources — Public control of resources — Measure which can be assimilated to a levy on electricity consumption)

Language of the case: German


Appellant: Federal Republic of Germany (represented by T. Henze and R. Kanitz, acting as Agents, and by T. Lübbig, Rechtsanwalt)

Other party to the proceedings: European Commission (represented by K. Herrmann and T. Maxian Rusche, Agents)

Operative part of the judgment

The Court:

1.    Sets aside the judgment of the General Court of the European Union of 10 May 2016, Germany v Commission (T-47/15, EU:T:2016:281);

2.    Annuls Commission Decision (EU) 2015/1585 of 25 November 2014 in State aid proceedings SA. 33995 (2013/C) (ex 2013/NN) [implemented by Germany for the support of renewable electricity and energy-intensive users];

3.    Orders the European Commission to pay the costs relating to both the appeal proceedings and the proceedings at first instance.


1 OJ C 326, 5.9.2016.