General Court order in appeal by Deutsche Post against Commission decision on public financing of pensions
On 17 March 2017, the General Court issued an order declaring that there is no need to adjudicate on the action for annulment brought by Deutsche Post AG against a European Commission decision that the public financing of Deutsche Post pensions constituted unlawful state aid.
On 17 March 2017, the General Court issued an order that there is no need to adjudicate on the appeal by Deutsche Post AG against a European Commission decision ( www.practicallaw.com/5-517-4648) which found that the public financing of pensions constituted unlawful state aid to Deutsche Post as it was disproportionate (Case T-152/12 - Deutsche Post AG v Commission). The Commission ordered Germany to recover the corresponding amounts from Deutsche Post, specifically subsidies granted from 1 January 2003. Germany appealed the decision
On 14 July 2016, the General Court annulled the Commission's decision insofar as it relates to the pension-related subsidies. (Case T-143/12 - Germany v Commission; Legal update, General Court sets aside Commission decision ordering Germany to recover subsidies from Deutsche Post paid in respect of postal workers' pensions ( www.practicallaw.com/5-630-9665) ).
The General Court states that there is no need to adjudicate on Deutsche Post's appeal as it has the same subject-matter as the action brought by Germany.