Judgment of the General Court (Fifth Chamber) of 26 November 2015

Kingdom of Spain v European Commission

State aid — Digital television — Aid for the deployment of digital terrestrial television in remote and less urbanised areas in Spain — Decision declaring the aid compatible in part and incompatible in part with the internal market — Concept of an ‘undertaking’ — Economic activity — Advantage — Service of general economic interest — Distortion of competition — Article 107(3)(c) TFEU — Duty of diligence — Reasonable time — Legal certainty — Equal treatment — Proportionality — Subsidiarity — Right to receive information

Case T-461/13



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Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
08/01/2016 Spain v Commission
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Judgment
ECLI:EU:T:2015:891
26/11/2015 Spain v Commission
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Judgment (Summary)
ECLI:EU:T:2015:891
26/11/2015 Spain v Commission
Order
ECLI:EU:T:2014:109
24/02/2014 Spain v Commission
Order (OJ)
22/11/2013 Spain v Commission
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Order
ECLI:EU:T:2013:545
16/10/2013 Spain v Commission
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
Order (Information)
ECLI:EU:T:2013:545
16/10/2013 Spain v Commission
Application (OJ)
04/10/2013 Spain v Commission
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Reports of Cases

published in the electronic Reports of Cases (Court Reports - general)

Subject-matter

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Systematic classification scheme

1.
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.08 Competition
    4.08.00 EU competition rules
      4.08.00.06 Definition of undertaking
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
    4.09.01 Definition of aid
      4.09.01.03 Advantage conferred on an undertaking
        4.09.01.03.02 Compensation for the costs connected with a public service mission
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.09 State aid
    4.09.02 Damage to competition and effect on trade
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.09 State aid
    4.09.02 Damage to competition and effect on trade
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
      4.09.03.00 General
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.09 State aid
    4.09.04 Procedure for reviewing aid
      4.09.04.00 General
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
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
1 The legal order of the European Union
  1.04 Fundamental rights
    1.04.03 The fundamental rights
      1.04.03.41 Right to good administration
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
    4.09.03 Exceptions to the prohibition of aid
      4.09.03.00 General
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.09 State aid
    4.09.04 Procedure for reviewing aid
      4.09.04.05 Commission decision following a preliminary review or proceeding to the formal investigation procedure
        4.09.04.05.03 Decision to initiate a formal investigation procedure
          4.09.04.05.03.00 General
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.09 State aid
    4.09.04 Procedure for reviewing aid
      4.09.04.04 Preliminary review
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.09 State aid
    4.09.04 Procedure for reviewing aid
      4.09.04.08 Implementation of the Commission decision and recovery
        4.09.04.08.00 General
1 The legal order of the European Union
  1.03 Respective powers and obligations of the European Union and of the Member States
    1.03.03 Obligation of good faith
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.09 State aid
    4.09.04 Procedure for reviewing aid
      4.09.04.08 Implementation of the Commission decision and recovery
        4.09.04.08.03 Amount of aid to be recovered
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.09 State aid
    4.09.04 Procedure for reviewing aid
      4.09.04.08 Implementation of the Commission decision and recovery
        4.09.04.08.00 General
1 The legal order of the European Union
  1.03 Respective powers and obligations of the European Union and of the Member States
    1.03.04 Principle of subsidiarity
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.09 State aid
    4.09.03 Exceptions to the prohibition of aid
      4.09.03.00 General


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

  • 30/08/2013

Date of the Opinion

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Date of the hearing

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Date of delivery

26/11/2015


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Application: OJ C 304 from 19.10.2013, p.23

Order: OJ C 359 from 07.12.2013, p.15

Judgment: OJ C 27 from 25.01.2016, p.35

Name of the parties

Spain v Commission

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Idot, Laurence: Financement de la télévision numérique terrestre, Europe 2016 Janvier Comm. nº 1 p.24-25 (FR)
  2. V., R.: TNT — Zones éloignées — Neutralité technologique, Concurrences : revue des droits de la concurrence 2016 nº 01 p.168-172 (FR)



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

  • Spanish

Language(s) of the Opinion

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