On 9 June 2011, the ECJ dismissed appeals against a General Court ruling which dismissed actions to challenge a Commission decision that found that an Italian aid scheme granting relief from social security contributions for firms in Venice and Chioggia was incompatible with the internal market. The ECJ found that the General Court had been correct to conclude that the reductions in social security contributions to the undertakings constituted unlawful state aid which had to be repaid. In particular, the aid could not be approved as compensation for the particular circumstances faced by undertakings operating in Venice. Read more