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11th June 2020
Competition & State Aid

Op-Ed: “Grand Chamber Judgment in Commission v Dôvera and Slovak Republic v Dôvera: The presence of for-profit companies in a compulsory health insurance scheme does not necessarily make the system at stake an ‘economic activity’ under EU Competition law” by Jorge Piernas López

The Court of Justice, in Grand Chamber formation, delivered its judgment in Joined Cases C‑262/18 P and C‑271/18 P today. The judgment considers two appeals brought by the Slovak Republic and the European Commission respectively against the same judgment of the General Court , delivered on 5 February 2018. That General Court judgment annulled a Commission Decision related to alleged State aid granted to the Slovak State-owned insurance companies Spoločná zdravotná poisťovňa, a.s. (SZP) and Všeobecná zdravotná poisťovňa, a.s. (VšZP).

The Court of Justice’s judgment sets aside the General Court’s ruling and clarifies, inter alia, that: (i) insurance bodies managing a compulsory health insurance scheme which has a social objective an


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