Official Journal of the European Union
Judgment of the Court (Fourth Chamber) of 10 March 2022 — European Commission v Freistaat Bayern and Others
(Joined Cases C-167/19 P and C-171/19 P) (1)
(Appeal - State aid - Aid in favour of the German dairy sector - Financing of milk quality tests - Article 108(2) TFUE - Decision to initiate the formal investigation procedure - Regulation (EC) No 659/1999 - Article 6(1) - Obligation for the European Commission to summarise the relevant issues of fact and law in that decision - Scope - Rights of interested parties to be involved in the administrative procedure - Breach of an essential procedural requirement - Consequences for the lawfulness of the final decision)
Language of the case: German
Appellant: European Commission (represented by: K. Herrmann, P. Němečková and T. Maxian Rusche, acting as Agents)
Other parties to the proceedings: Freistaat Bayern (Germany) (represented by: U. Soltész and H. Weiß, Rechtsanwälte) (C-167/19 P), Interessengemeinschaft privater Milchverarbeiter Bayerns eV, Genossenschaftsverband Bayern eV, Verband der Bayerischen Privaten Milchwirtschaft eV (represented by: C. Bittner and N. Langhans, Rechtsanwälte) (C-171/19 P)
Operative part of the judgment
Dismisses the appeals;
Orders the European Commission to pay the costs.
(1) OJ C 131, 8.4.2019.