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27th October 2020
Banking & Finance Competition & State Aid Institutional law

Analysis: “Spanish Supreme Court judgment on ‘incentive effect’ of a regional aid measure under the General Block Exemption Regulation and the importance of cooperating with the EU institutions” by Juan Jorge Piernas López

By judgment of 21 May 2020, the Spanish Supreme Court (Contentious-Administrative Chamber), annulled an agreement of the Spanish Executive Committee of the Government for Economic Affairs (Comisión Delegada del Gobierno para Asuntos Económicos) for having incorrectly interpreted the ‘incentive effect’ of a regional aid measure under the 2008 General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER). The judgment under review is analysed by the same author in more detail in the upcoming issue 4/2020 of the European State Aid Law Quarterly (EStAL) journal.

In particular, the contested measure ordered the recovery of the aid granted (over 8.5 million euros) plus interest (over 0.7 million euros) because the beneficiary had allegedly initiated the pr

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