Judgment of the Court (Sixth Chamber) of 18 February 2016 —

Germany v Commission

(Case C‑446/14 P) ( 1 )

‛Appeal — State aid — Services for the removal of animal carcasses and waste from abattoirs — Maintenance of reserve capacity in the event of an outbreak — Decision declaring the aid incompatible with the common market — Service of general economic interest — Manifest error of assessment — Compensation for the public service obligation — Obligation to state reasons’


State aid — Definition — Measures designed to compensate for the cost of public service missions undertaken by an undertaking — Not included — Conditions set out in the Altmark judgment (Art. 107(1) TFEU) (see paras 23-38)


Appeals — Grounds — Plea against a ground of the judgment not necessary to support the operative part — Invalid plea in law (see paras 42-45)

Operative part

The Court:


Dismisses the appeal;


Orders the Federal Republic of Germany to pay the costs.

( 1 )   OJ C 409, 17.11.2014.