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EU state aid law EU shipping law: French tonnage tax regime scrutinised but cleared by European Commission

  • A&L Goodbody
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  • European Union, France
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  • February 4 2015

Tonnage tax regimes are increasingly common worldwide. Under such schemes, shipping companies are taxed on the basis of the tonnage of their fleets

EU General Court finds French aid to SeaFrance (SNCF) incompatible with state aid rules and confirms that it has to be paid back

  • NCTM Studio Legale Associato
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  • European Union, France
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  • February 3 2015

Another chapter in the long running saga about keeping SeaFrance financially afloat has come to an end. On 15 January 2015, the General Court of the

Environment, planning and regulatory news

  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
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  • European Union, France, Germany, United Kingdom
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  • September 9 2014

The European Commission has recently issued its proposals to turn Europe into a circular economy - essentially a society without waste. The

Commission orders recovery of French aid to Sernam

  • Mayer Brown LLP
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  • European Union, France
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  • March 13 2012

On 9 March 2012, the European Commission announced that it has decided that 642m of state aid granted by France to Sernam, the former road and rail transport services operator of France’s national railway company (SNCF), is unlawful and must be recovered

Restructuring plan to rescue SeaFrance fails to meet approval

  • Nabarro LLP
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  • European Union, France
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  • November 10 2011

France’s plan to recapitalise and rescue struggling ferry company SeaFrance failed to gain Commission approval on 24 October 2011

Merger referrals

  • Mayer Brown LLP
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  • European Union, France
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  • November 3 2009

The Commission has referred the examination of the planned acquisition of Keolis and EFFIA by SNCF and CDPQ to France’s Competition Authority in response to the latter’s request due to the merger being in danger of appreciably affecting competition in the public passenger transport markets solely in France

Commission refers acquisition of Keolis and Effia by SNCF and CDPQ to the French Competition Authority

  • Squire Patton Boggs
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  • European Union, France
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  • October 31 2009

On 15 September 2009, the Commission received the notification of a proposed concentration by which the undertaking SNCF-Participations (France) and the Caisse de Dépôt et de Placement du Québec (CDPQ) (Quebec), plan to acquire joint control of the whole of Keolis and Effia

The Erika decision - implications for charterers and owners of oil cargoes

  • Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
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  • European Union, France
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  • April 1 2009

At the end of last year, the French Cour de Cassation confirmed a ruling of the ECJ in relation to a claim for oil pollution

Further aid for motorway service approved

  • Nabarro LLP
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  • European Union, France, Italy
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  • September 25 2008

The European Commission (Commission) approved further financial assistance from France and Italy for the experimental rolling motorway service between Lyon and Turin

Waste

  • Reed Smith LLP
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  • European Union, France
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  • June 30 2008

In Commune de Mesquer v Total France SA and another (Case C-18807) Butterworths Law Direct 24.6.08, the European Court of Justice heard an issue arising out of the incident on 12th December 1999, when the oil tanker Erika, chartered by Total International Ltd, sank about 35 nautical miles south-west of the Pointe de Penmarc'h (France), spilling part of her cargo and oil from her bunkers at sea and causing pollution of the Atlantic coast of France