Judgment of the Court (Third Chamber) of 1 June 2006.

P & O European Ferries (Vizcaya) SA (C-442/03 P) and Diputación Foral de Vizcaya (C-471/03 P) v Commission of the European Communities.

State aid - Appeals - Actions for annulment - Decision terminating a review procedure initiated under Article 88(2) EC - Concept of State aid - Force of res judicata - Aid which may be declared compatible with the common market - Social aid - Conditions.

Joined cases C-442/03 P and C-471/03 P.



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Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
29/07/2006 P&O European Ferries (Vizcaya) v Commission
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Order
ECLI:EU:C:2006:486
13/07/2006 P&O European Ferries (Vizcaya) v Commission
Judgment
ECLI:EU:C:2006:356
01/06/2006 P&O European Ferries (Vizcaya) v Commission
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Judgment (Summary)
ECLI:EU:C:2006:356
01/06/2006 P&O European Ferries (Vizcaya) v Commission
Opinion
ECLI:EU:C:2006:91
09/02/2006 P&O European Ferries (Vizcaya) v Commission
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Application (OJ)
12/12/2003 P&O European Ferries (Vizcaya) v Commission
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Reports of Cases

2006 I-04845

Subject-matter

Appeals ─ Appeal against the judgment of the Court of First Instance (First Chamber, Extended Composition) of 5 August 2003 in Joined Cases T-116/01 and T-118/01 P&O European Ferries (Vizcaya) SA and Diputación Foral de Vizcaya v Commission dismissing an application seeking the annulment of Commission Decision 2001/247/EC of 29 November 2000 on the aid scheme implemented by Spain in favour of the shipping company Ferries Golfo de Vizcaya, now P&O European Ferries (Vizcaya) SA, and ordering the repayment of the aid held to be incompatible with the common market

Systematic classification scheme

1.
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-19 Legal proceedings
    B-19.08 Procedural rules
      B-19.08.01 Admissibility and examination of applications, forms of order sought and pleas in law
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-19 Legal proceedings
    B-19.02 Actions for annulment
      B-19.02.05 Effects of a declaration that a measure is void
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-19 Legal proceedings
    B-19.08 Procedural rules
      B-19.08.08 Res judicata
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-19 Legal proceedings
    B-19.10 Appeals
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-19 Legal proceedings
    B-19.10 Appeals
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-09 State aid
    B-09.04 Procedure for reviewing aid
      B-09.04.02 Notification and obligation to suspend payment of the aid
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-09 State aid
    B-09.02 Damage to competition and effect on trade
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-09 State aid
    B-09.04 Procedure for reviewing aid
      B-09.04.07 Commission decision following the formal investigation procedure


Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

Operative part

Opinion


Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 17/10/2003

Date of the Opinion

  • 09/02/2006

Date of the hearing

Information not available

Date of delivery

01/06/2006


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Applications: OJ C 7 from 10.01.2004, p.18 ; OJ C 21 from 24.01.2004, p.14

Judgment: OJ C 178 from 29.07.2006, p.1

Name of the parties

P&O European Ferries (Vizcaya) v Commission

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Mok, M.R.: Nederlandse jurisprudentie ; Uitspraken in burgerlijke en strafzaken 2006 nº 454
  2. Lambert, Christian: Qualification d'aides d'État, notification et compatibilité des aides avec le Traité, Revue Lamy de la Concurrence : droit, économie, régulation 2006 nº 8 p.52-54
  3. Chérot, Jean-Yves: L'obligation de notification de l'article 88, paragraphe 3, CE pèse sur les seuls Etats membres; cette obligation ne saurait par conséquent être considérée comme satisfaite par la notification faite par l'entreprise bénéficiaire de l'aide, Concurrences : revue des droits de la concurrence 2006 nº 3 p.127-128
  4. Gross, Kilian: The P&O European Ferries (Vizcaya) SA Case: 14 years to Gain Legal Certainty?, European State Aid Law Quarterly 2006 p.567-571
  5. Philippe, Jérôme ; Janssens, Thomas: Droit de la concurrence - Législation communautaire, Gazette du Palais 2006 nº 256-257 I Jur. p.15-16
  6. Idot, Laurence: Autorité de chose jugée d'un premier arrêt, Europe 2006 Août-Septembre Comm. nº 246 p.19-20
  7. Arhel, Pierre: Activité des juridictions communautaires en droit de la concurrence (juin 2006), Petites affiches. La Loi / Le Quotidien juridique 2006 nº 216 p.6-7
  8. Cheynel, Benjamin: Il n'appartient pas aux entreprises récipiendaires de notifier une aide à la Commission, Revue Lamy droit des affaires 2006 nº 9 p.55-56
  9. Turianu, Cristiana: Practicǎ judiciarǎ a Curții de Justiție a Comunitǎților Europene referitoare la competența acestei jurisdicții de a controla probatoriul administrat în fața Tribunalului de primǎ instanţǎ, Dreptul 2009 nº 3 p.224-229



Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

Information not available

Subject-matter

  • Competition
  • - State aid

Provisions of national law referred to

Information not available

Provisions of international law referred to

Information not available

Procedure and result

  • Actions for annulment
  • Appeals : dismissal on substantive grounds

Formation of the Court

troisième chambre (Cour)

Judge-Rapporteur

Puissochet

Advocate General

Tizzano

Language(s) of the Case

  • English, Spanish

Language(s) of the Opinion

  • Italian