The European Commission has decided to bring Italy before the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for failure to comply with a 2007 decision to recover illegal State aid amounting to EUR 98 million. The aid was granted by the Region of Sardinia to a mining company that was fully owned by the Region. In the 2007 decision, the Commission found that the Region of Sardinia had transferred public funds in order to cover the losses of the mining company and that, as no restructuring had taken place, the aid conferred an unfair advantage on the mining company with regard to its competitors.