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CJEU Case C-594/18 P / Judgment

Republic of Austria v European Commission

Policy area:
Energy
Deciding Body type:
Court of Justice of the European Union
Deciding Body:
Court (Grand Chamber)
Type:
Decision
Decision date:
22/09/2020
ECLI:
ECLI:EU:C:2020:742

Key facts of the case:

Appeal – State aid – Article 107(3)(c) TFEU – Articles 11 and 194 TFEU – Article 1, Article 2(c) and Article 106a(3) of the Euratom Treaty – Planned aid for Hinkley Point C nuclear power station (United Kingdom) – Decision declaring the aid compatible with the internal market – Objective of common interest – Environmental objectives of the European Union – Principle of protection of the environment, ‘polluter pays’ principle, precautionary principle and principle of sustainability – Determination of the economic activity concerned – Market failure – Proportionality of the aid – Operating or investment aid – Determination of the aid elements – Guarantee Notice.

Outcome of the case:

On those grounds, the Court (Grand Chamber) hereby:

Dismisses the appeal;

  1. Orders the Republic of Austria to bear its own costs relating to the appeal proceedings and to pay those incurred by the European Commission;
  2. Orders the Czech Republic, the French Republic, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Hungary, the Republic of Poland, the Slovak Republic and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to bear their own costs.