June 18
2021
Trajan Shipley
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9th June 2021
Competition & State Aid

Ryanair appeal: Commission decision approving German State aid for Condor annulled by General Court

In Ryanair v Commission (Condor; Covid-19) (T-665/20), the General Court annulled a decision of the European Commission approving German State aid in favour of the airline Condor Flugdienst, on the ground of inadequate reasoning. 

This is the third time the General Court has annulled a Commission decision approving State aid in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first and second also concerned the aviation sector, and related to the appeals that Ryanair had brought against decisions approving aid for KLM and TAP, which were also quashed on the ground of inadequate reasoning.

In the present case, Ryanair claimed an infringement of the obligation to state reasons insofar the Commission had not sufficiently explained wh

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