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The General Principles of EU Law and Their Role in the Review of State Aid Put into Effect by Member States

Marek Rzotkiewicz


I. Introduction According to the Article 14.1 of Regulation 659/1999,1 “the Commission shall not require recovery of the aid if this would be contrary to a general principle of EU law”.2 Resorting to the general principles of EU law is a most significant instrument for Member States and aid beneficiaries as it can bar the Commission from imposing a recovery order on a Member State. However, despite all its significance, the term “the general principle


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