Judgment of the General Court (Fifth Chamber) of 12 July 2018

Republic of Austria v European Commission

State aid — Aid planned by the United Kingdom in favour of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station — Contract for Difference, Secretary of State Agreement and Credit Guarantee — Decision declaring the aid compatible with the internal market — Article 107(3)(c) TFEU — Public interest objective — Promotion of nuclear energy — Need for State intervention — Guarantee Notice — Determination of the aid element — Proportionality — Investment aid — Operating aid — Right to submit observations — Public procurement procedure — Obligation to state reasons

Case T-356/15



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Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
17/08/2018 Austria v Commission
Judgment
ECLI:EU:T:2018:439
12/07/2018 Austria v Commission
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
Judgment (Summary)
ECLI:EU:T:2018:439
12/07/2018 Austria v Commission
Application (OJ)
25/09/2015 Austria v Commission
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Subject-matter

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Systematic classification scheme

1.
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.09 State aid
    4.09.03 Exceptions to the prohibition of aid
      4.09.03.02 Aid that may be considered to be compatible with the internal market (Article 107(3) TFEU)
        4.09.03.02.06 Aid to undertakings operating in particular sectors
          4.09.03.02.06.00 General
3 Legal proceedings
  3.08 Procedural rules
    3.08.02 Intervention
2 Institutional framework of the European Union
  2.05 Legal acts of the European Union
    2.05.06 Statement of reasons
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.09 State aid
    4.09.04 Procedure for reviewing aid
      4.09.04.07 Commission decision following the formal investigation procedure
        4.09.04.07.01 Statement of reasons for the decision following the formal investigation procedure
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.09 State aid
    4.09.00 General
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.09 State aid
    4.09.03 Exceptions to the prohibition of aid
      4.09.03.02 Aid that may be considered to be compatible with the internal market (Article 107(3) TFEU)
        4.09.03.02.06 Aid to undertakings operating in particular sectors
          4.09.03.02.06.00 General
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.09 State aid
    4.09.03 Exceptions to the prohibition of aid
      4.09.03.04 Commission discretion
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.09 State aid
    4.09.03 Exceptions to the prohibition of aid
      4.09.03.02 Aid that may be considered to be compatible with the internal market (Article 107(3) TFEU)
        4.09.03.02.06 Aid to undertakings operating in particular sectors
          4.09.03.02.06.00 General
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.09 State aid
    4.09.03 Exceptions to the prohibition of aid
      4.09.03.02 Aid that may be considered to be compatible with the internal market (Article 107(3) TFEU)
        4.09.03.02.06 Aid to undertakings operating in particular sectors
          4.09.03.02.06.00 General
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.09 State aid
    4.09.04 Procedure for reviewing aid
      4.09.04.02 Notification and obligation to suspend payment of the aid
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.09 State aid
    4.09.04 Procedure for reviewing aid
      4.09.04.07 Commission decision following the formal investigation procedure
        4.09.04.07.00 General
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.09 State aid
    4.09.03 Exceptions to the prohibition of aid
      4.09.03.02 Aid that may be considered to be compatible with the internal market (Article 107(3) TFEU)
        4.09.03.02.06 Aid to undertakings operating in particular sectors
          4.09.03.02.06.00 General
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.09 State aid
    4.09.00 General
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.09 State aid
    4.09.04 Procedure for reviewing aid
      4.09.04.07 Commission decision following the formal investigation procedure
        4.09.04.07.01 Statement of reasons for the decision following the formal investigation procedure
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.09 State aid
    4.09.03 Exceptions to the prohibition of aid
      4.09.03.02 Aid that may be considered to be compatible with the internal market (Article 107(3) TFEU)
        4.09.03.02.06 Aid to undertakings operating in particular sectors
          4.09.03.02.06.00 General
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.02 Public procurement
      4.11.02.02 General rules applicable to public contracts
        4.11.02.02.01 Scope
          4.11.02.02.01.01 Concept of public contract
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.02 Public procurement
      4.11.02.03 Rules application to public contracts in specific sectors
        4.11.02.03.01 Scope
          4.11.02.03.01.01 Concept of public contract
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.02 Public procurement
      4.11.02.05 Concessions
        4.11.02.05.02 Scope
          4.11.02.05.02.01 Concept of concession
1 The legal order of the European Union
  1.01 Sources of EU law
    1.01.02 General principles of law
      1.01.02.01 Principle of equality and non-discrimination
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.24 Energy
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.09 State aid
    4.09.04 Procedure for reviewing aid
      4.09.04.06 Formal investigation procedure


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Operative part

Opinion

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Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 06/07/2015

Date of the Opinion

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Date of the hearing

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Date of delivery

12/07/2018


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Judgment: OJ C 311 from 03.09.2018, p.12

Application: OJ C 337 from 12.10.2015, p.14

Name of the parties

Austria v Commission

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Idot, Laurence: Aides pour la promotion de l'énergie nucléaire, Europe 2018 Octobre Comm. nº 10 p.44-45 (FR)
  2. Nicolaides, Phedon: The compatibility of state aid with the internal market, European State Aid Law Quarterly 2018 Vol.17, N°4 p.534-545 (EN)



Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

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Subject-matter

  • Competition
  • - State aid

Provisions of national law referred to

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Provisions of international law referred to

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Procedure and result

  • Actions for annulment : dismissal on substantive grounds

Formation of the Court

cinquième chambre (Tribunal)

Judge-Rapporteur

Dittrich

Advocate General

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Language(s) of the Case

  • German

Language(s) of the Opinion

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