Case C- 576/18 Commission v Italy [Archived]

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Case C- 576/18 Commission v Italy [Archived]


ARCHIVED—this archived case hub reflects the position at the date of the judgment of 12 March 2020; it is no longer maintained.

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Case facts

OutlineAction brought by the Commission against Italy for failure to comply with the Court of Justice’s 2012 judgment in Case C- 243/10 which affirmed a Commission decision concluding that State aid had been illegally granted to the hotel industry in Sardinia (SA.14895)

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On 12 March 2020, the Court of Justice issued its judgment in which it ruled that Italy failed to fulfil its obligations to implement its 2012 judgment by failing to take, at the end of the period fixed by the Commission, the measures necessary to recover the aid at issue in full.

• European Commission (the Commission)

• Respondent:
• Italy

BackgroundCommission’s 2008 decision

On 2 July 2008, the Commission issued a decision (after an in-depth investigation) in which it found that certain aid granted to Italy in favour of the hotel firms of Sardinia constituted illegal State aid. The Commission ordered Italy to recover illegal aid amounting to €13.7m (SA.14895) (the Commission’s 2008 decision).

Appeals to General Court

As an aside, it should be noted that, between September and October 2008, numerous hotel operators lodged actions for annulment before the General Court against the Commission’s 2008

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