The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation under the State aid rules into the Belgium postal operator, La Poste. The investigation follows the annulment by the Court of First Instance (CFI) of the Commission’s decision in 2003 to approve State aid measures in favour of La Poste.

The investigation will verify whether the compensation for public service obligations paid to La Poste by the Belgian Government is in line with the EU framework for State aid in the form of public service compensation. The Commission will also examine a series of other non-notified measures in favour of La Poste. The Commission wishes to examine comprehensively whether all of the State aid measures granted in favour of La Poste since its incorporation can be considered to be compatible with the single market.

The investigation will give third parties the opportunity to comment on the measures under examination by the Commission.