Language of document : ECLI:EU:C:2018:284





Judgment of the Court (Ninth Chamber) of 26 April 2018 — Cellnex Telecom and Telecom Castilla-La Mancha v Commission

(Joined Cases C91/17 P and C92/17 P) (1)

(Appeal — State Aid — Digital television — Aid for the extension of digital terrestrial television to the remote and less urbanised areas of the Comunidad Autónoma de Castilla-La Mancha (Autonomous Community of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain) — Grant in favour of operators of digital terrestrial television platforms — Decision declaring the aid measures to be partially incompatible with the internal market — Concept of ‘State Aid’ — Advantage — Service of general economic interest — Definition — Margin of discretion of the Member States)

1.      State aid — Definition — Measures designed to compensate for the cost of public service missions undertaken by an undertaking — First condition set out in the Altmark judgment — Clearly defined public service obligations — No recipient undertaking actually entrusted with carrying out public service obligations — Inclusion in the concept — Weakening of the market — Fact not sufficient for a finding that a service of general economic interest exists — Member States’ discretion — Scope

(Art. 107(1) TFEU)

(see paras 41-44, 46)

2.      Appeal — Grounds — Incorrect assessment of the facts and evidence — Inadmissibility — Review by the Court of the assessment of the facts and evidence — Possible only where the clear sense of the evidence has been distorted

(Art. 256 TFEU; Statute of the Court of Justice, Art. 58, first para.)

(see paras 67-69)

3.      Appeal — Grounds — Incorrect assessment of the evidence duly produced — Inadmissible save when the clear sense of the evidence is distorted — Duty of the General Court to state the reasons for its assessment of the evidence — Scope

(Art. 256 TFEU; Statute of the Court of Justice, Art. 58, first para.)

(see para. 76)

4.      Appeal — Grounds — Inadequate or contradictory grounds — Scope of the obligation to state reasons — Reliance by the General Court on implied reasoning — Lawfulness — Conditions

(Statute of the Court of Justice, Arts 36 and 53, first para.; Rules of Procedure of the General Court, Art. 117)

(see para. 95)

5.      Appeal — Grounds — Mere repetition of the pleas and arguments put forward before the General Court — Inadmissibility — Challenge to the interpretation or application of EU law made by the General Court — Admissibility

(Art. 256(1), second para., TFEU; Statute of the Court of Justice, Art. 58, first para.; Rules of Procedure of the Court of Justice, Arts 168(1)(d))

(see para. 107)

6.      State aid — Definition — Grant of an advantage to the beneficiaries — State intervention mitigating the burdens normally included in the budget of an undertaking — Included

(Art. 107(1) TFEU)

(see para. 111)

7.      State aid — Definition — State intervention mitigating the burdens normally included in the budget of an undertaking — Charges arising from compliance with national legislation — Included

(Art. 107(1) TFEU)

(see para. 112)

Operative part

The Court:

1.

Dismisses the appeals;

2.

Orders Cellnex Telecom SA and Telecom Castilla-La Mancha SA to pay the costs.

2.

Orders Cellnex Telecom SA and Telecom Castilla-La Mancha SA to pay the costs.


1 OJ C 129, 24.4.2017.