Judgment of the General Court (Sixth Chamber) of 27 April 2017

Germanwings GmbH v European Commission

State aid — Aid for an airline using Zweibrücken airport — Benefit — Whether imputable to the State — Obligation to state reasons — Legitimate expectations — Access to documents — Documents relating to a procedure for reviewing State aid — Refusal to grant access to the documents requested — Exception relating to the protection of the purpose of inspections, investigations and audits

Case T-375/15


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Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
02/06/2017 Germanwings v Commission
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Judgment
ECLI:EU:T:2017:289
27/04/2017 Germanwings v Commission
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Judgment (Information)
ECLI:EU:T:2017:289
27/04/2017 Germanwings v Commission
Application (OJ)
25/09/2015 Germanwings v Commission
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Reports of Cases

published in the electronic Reports of Cases (Court Reports - general - 'Information on unpublished decisions' section)

Subject-matter

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Systematic classification scheme

1.
3 Legal proceedings
  3.08 Procedural rules
    3.08.04 Subject-matter, form of order sought and pleas in law
      3.08.04.01 Formal requirements
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
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
    4.09.01 Definition of aid
      4.09.01.00 General
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.09 State aid
    4.09.01 Definition of aid
      4.09.01.03 Advantage conferred on an undertaking
        4.09.01.03.01 Private investor/private creditor test
          4.09.01.03.01.00 General
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.09 State aid
    4.09.01 Definition of aid
      4.09.01.03 Advantage conferred on an undertaking
        4.09.01.03.01 Private investor/private creditor test
          4.09.01.03.01.00 General
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
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.09 State aid
    4.09.01 Definition of aid
      4.09.01.03 Advantage conferred on an undertaking
        4.09.01.03.01 Private investor/private creditor test
          4.09.01.03.01.00 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
        4.09.04.07.00 General
2 Institutional framework of the European Union
  2.03 Right of public access to documents
    2.03.06 Contentious procedure
      2.03.06.01 Admissibility and jurisdiction
        2.03.06.01.02 Actionable measures
3 Legal proceedings
  3.02 Actions for annulment
    3.02.01 Acts which may be the subject of an action for annulment
2 Institutional framework of the European Union
  2.03 Right of public access to documents
    2.03.02 Exceptions
      2.03.02.01 Principles
        2.03.02.01.03 Concrete, individual examination of the documents
          2.03.02.01.03.02 Exceptions to the obligation to carry out a concrete, individual examination
            2.03.02.01.03.02.02 General presumptions of confidentiality by reference to categories of documents
2 Institutional framework of the European Union
  2.03 Right of public access to documents
    2.03.02 Exceptions
      2.03.02.03 Relative exceptions
        2.03.02.03.05 Protection of the purpose of inspections, investigations and audits
          2.03.02.03.05.02 Competition and State aid
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.09 State aid
    4.09.04 Procedure for reviewing aid
3 Legal proceedings
  3.08 Procedural rules
    3.08.04 Subject-matter, form of order sought and pleas in law
      3.08.04.01 Formal requirements


Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

Operative part

Opinion

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Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 10/07/2015

Date of the Opinion

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Date of the hearing

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Date of delivery

27/04/2017


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Judgment: OJ C 195 from 19.06.2017, p.19

Application: OJ C 337 from 12.10.2015, p.19

Name of the parties

Germanwings v Commission

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Idot, Laurence: Aides d'État : preuve de l'avantage et utilisation du critère de l'investisseur privé en économie de marché, Europe 2017 Avril nº 06 p.38 (FR)
  2. Wiemer, Dirk T.: Beihilfe für eine den Flughafen Zweibrücken nutzende Fluggesellschaft — Vorteil — Zurechenbarkeit zum Staat — Begründungspfficht — Vertrauensschutz — Zugang zu Dokumenten — Dokumente, die cm Verfahren zur Kontrolle staatlicher Beihilfen betreffen — Ablehnung des Zugangs zu den angeforderten Dokumenten — Ausnahme zum Schutz des Zwecks von Inspektions-, Untersuchungs- und Audittätigkeiten, Zeitschrift für Beihilfenrecht 2017 p.88-102 (DE)



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 : application granted
  • Actions for annulment : dismissal on substantive grounds

Formation of the Court

sixième chambre (Tribunal)

Judge-Rapporteur

Papasavvas

Advocate General

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Language(s) of the Case

  • German

Language(s) of the Opinion

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