The Merchants of Venice or a Tale of Two cities? The Courts finds against Italian Regional Social Security Concessions

Cite as: Wishlade, F. (2012) The Merchants of Venice or a Tale of Two cities? The Courts finds against Italian Regional Social Security Concessions. European State Aid Law Quarterly, 11 (2), 503-515

This case arose from a decision of the Italian authorities to extend an existing regional aid scheme – a social security concession for the south of Italy – to the cities of Chioggia and Venice in the north, an area partly eligible for regional aid on the basis of Article 107(3)(c). This measure was not notified to the Commission in advance and, following an investigative procedure, the Commission reached a decision requiring the recovery of aid with some important implications.

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