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Dimosia Epicheirisi Ilektrismou A.E. v Alouminion tis Ellados A.E.  ∙ Case C-590/14 P ∙ Annotation by Antonis Metaxas and Smaragda Spyrou

Annotation on the Judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (Tenth Chamber) of 26 October 2016 in Case C-590/14 P Dimosia Epicheirisi Ilektrismou A.E. v Alouminion tis Ellados A.E.

Antonis Metaxas, Smaragda Spyrou


This article focuses on the distinction between the two core notions, i.e. existing aid and new aid. The recent judgment of the CJEU in the Alouminion case confirms that any extension of the duration of a given State aid measure may prove to be sufficient to establish a new aid regime, which must go through the Article 108 (3) TFEU preliminary examination procedure, even in the rare case where the extension is deprived of legal basis, e.g. a contract, and originates from a national court interim order. Moreover, the Court underlines the duty of national courts to apply EU State Aid Law provisions and examines the existence of illegal State aid according to the principle of sincere cooperation.
Keywords: Existing Aid; New Aid; National Courts; Interim Order; Extension of Duration of State Aid Measure.

Professor Dr Metaxas is Chairman of the Hellenic State Aid Institute and Managing Partner of the Law Firm Metaxas & Associates; Smaragda Spyrou, LLMs (La Sorbonne Law School) is Associate at Metaxas & Associates, Athens/Frankfurt, DOI: 10.21552/estal/2017/1/10


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