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IFP v Commission: the Commission Does Not Meet the Standard of Proof  ∙ IFP Énergies nouvelles v Commission  ∙ Joined Cases T-479/11 and T- 157/12 ∙ Annotation by Adrien Giraud and Sylvain Petit

Annotation on the Judgment of the General Court (Eighth Chamber) of 26 May 2016 in Joined Cases T-479/11 and T- 157/12 France and IFP Énergies nouvelles v Commission

Adrien Giraud, Sylvain Petit


The General Court annulled the Commission’s decision qualifying as State aid an unlimited implied guarantee granted by the French State to the Institut français du pétrole (French Petroleum Institute). The General Court took the view that the Commission had not proven that the guarantee had the effect of conferring an actual economic advantage on the Institut français du pétrole.
Key words: Presumption of Advantage; Effect of the Advantage; Standard of Proof; Unlimited State Guarantee.

Adrien Giraud and Sylvain Petit, respectively Partner and Associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, Brussels.


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