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Bouygues v European Commission   ∙ Joined Cases T-425/04 RENV and T-444/04 RENV   ∙ Annotation by  María Muñoz de Juan

Annotation on the Judgment of the General Court (Sixth Chamber) of 2 July 2015 in Joined Cases T-425/04 RENV and T-444/04 RENV, Bouygues (France Télécom/Orange) v European Commission

María Muñoz de Juan

On 2 July 2015, the General Court decided, for the second time, whether the French State’s support declarations and the shareholder loan offered to France Télécom constitute State aid. For the second time, the General Court annulled the Commission decision concluding so. The saga is a landmark case-law since it provides relevant clarifications on the notion of aid and the way the prudent market economy principle should be applied to successive public measures. However, the game is not over yet because the Commission has again lodged an appeal before the Court of Justice.
Keywords: Notion of aid; State Resources; Advantage; Procedures before the Commission; Procedures before the European Courts.

State aid officer at the EFTA Surveillance Authority. The views expressed in this annotation are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Authority.


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