Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 88 (Mar)
Court: Court of Justice of the European Communities (Sixth Chamber)
Judge:

Judges Colneric (President of the Second Chamber, Acting for the President of the Sixth Chamber, Rapporteur), Schintgen, Skouris and Cunha Rodrigues

Judgment Dates: 7 March 2002

Catchwords

European Community - Commission - Decision - Annulment - State Aid - Commission guidelines on aid to employment - Italy - Measures intended to promote youth employment - Reduction of social security contributions - Commission decision stating that reduction of social contributions constituting state aid and incompatible with the common market - Whether decision in error on the merits - Whether decision infringing essential procedural requirements - Whether decision to be annulled - Commission Decision (EC) 2000/128 - EC Treaty, arts 92 and 93 (now arts 87 EC and 88 EC).

The Case

On an application to the Court of Justice of the European Communities for the annulment of Commission Decision (EC) 2000-128 which prohibited the reduction of social security contributions for employers employing unemployed persons, the Court ruled that the decision was correct on the merits and the Commission had not breached the principles of essential procedure and therefore, the decision would not be annulled.

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