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Document 62015TA0631

Case T-631/15: Judgment of the General Court of 13 December 2018 — Stena Line Scandinavia v Commission (State aid — Public financing of the Fehmarn Belt fixed link rail-road project — Individual aid — Decision not to raise any objections — Decision finding no State aid and declaring the aid compatible with the internal market — Definition of State aid — Adverse effect on competition and effect on trade between Member States — Conditions governing compatibility — Aid to promote the execution of an important project of common European interest — Necessity of the aid — Incentive effect — Proportionality of the aid — Serious difficulties justifying the initiation of the formal investigation procedure — Obligation to state reasons — Communication on State aid to promote the execution of important projects of common European interest)

OJ C 82, 4.3.2019, p. 38–39 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

4.3.2019   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

C 82/38


Judgment of the General Court of 13 December 2018 — Stena Line Scandinavia v Commission

(Case T-631/15) (1)

((State aid - Public financing of the Fehmarn Belt fixed link rail-road project - Individual aid - Decision not to raise any objections - Decision finding no State aid and declaring the aid compatible with the internal market - Definition of State aid - Adverse effect on competition and effect on trade between Member States - Conditions governing compatibility - Aid to promote the execution of an important project of common European interest - Necessity of the aid - Incentive effect - Proportionality of the aid - Serious difficulties justifying the initiation of the formal investigation procedure - Obligation to state reasons - Communication on State aid to promote the execution of important projects of common European interest))

(2019/C 82/43)

Language of the case: English

Parties

Applicant: Stena Line Scandinavia AB (Gothenburg, Sweden) (represented by: P. Alexiadis, Solicitor, and L. Sandberg-Mørch, lawyer)

Defendant: European Commission (represented by: L. Armati, L. Flynn and S. Noë, acting as Agents)

Intervener in support of the applicant: Föreningen Svensk Sjöfart (Gothenburg) (represented by: L. Sandberg-Mørch and J. Buendía Sierra, lawyers)

Intervener in support of the defendant: Kingdom of Denmark (represented by: initially C. Thorning, and subsequently J. Nymann-Lindegren, acting as Agents, and R. Holdgaard, lawyer)

Re:

Application pursuant to Article 263 TFEU for annulment of Commission Decision C(2015) 5023 final of 23 July 2015 on State aid SA.39078 (2014/N) (Denmark) for the financing of the Fehmarn Belt fixed link project (OJ 2015 C 325, p. 5).

Operative part of the judgment

The Court:

1.

Annuls Commission Decision C(2015) 5023 final of 23 July 2015 on State aid SA.39078 (2014/N) (Denmark) for the financing of the Fehmarn Belt fixed link project (OJ 2015 C 325, p. 5) in so far as the Commission decided not to raise any objections to the measures granted by the Kingdom of Denmark to Femern A/S for the planning, construction and operation of the Fehmarn Belt fixed link;

2.

Dismisses the action as to the remainder;

3.

Orders the Commission to bear its own costs and to pay the costs incurred by Stena Line Scandinavia AB;

4.

Orders the Kingdom of Denmark and Föreningen Svensk Sjöfart to bear their own costs.


(1)  OJ C 59, 15.2.2016.


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