Assessing the Standard of Proof in Fiscal State Aid. Red Card to the Commission

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Title: Assessing the Standard of Proof in Fiscal State Aid. Red Card to the Commission
Authors: Pérez Bernabeu, Begoña
Research Group/s: Derecho Financiero y Tributario
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Disciplinas Económicas y Financieras
Keywords: Burden of proof | Standard of proof | Tax advantage | Football | Sports
Knowledge Area: Derecho Financiero y Tributario
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Lexxion
Citation: European State Aid Law Quarterly. 2019, 18(4): 447-457. doi:10.21552/estal/2019/4/3
Abstract: The General Court annulled the Commission’s Decision qualifying as State aid a tax regime granted by Spain to certain Spanish professional football clubs (namely, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid FC, Athletic Bilbao and Club Atlético Osasuna). The General Court took the view that the Commission had not proven that the tax regime had the effect of conferring an actual economic advantage on these four clubs. This judgment is highly significant because, without ruling on most of the substantive issues of the Case, it is the first time that criteria on the burden and standard of proof incumbent on the Commission are so clearly stated, particularly in the field of State aid. Moreover, this General Court’s approach is supported by recent and later Case law under which the Commission is required to carry out a complete analysis of all the factors that are relevant to the measure at issue.
Sponsor: The author of this paper is a member of a Research Excellence Group funded by the Spanish Regional Government of the Comunidad Valenciana (Conselleria de Educación, lnvestigación, Cultura y Deporte, Generalitat Valenciana), Research Excellence Group PROMETEO/2016/053.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/101607
ISSN: 1619-5272 (Print) | 2190-8184 (Online)
DOI: 10.21552/estal/2019/4/3
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © Lexxion Verlagsgesellschaft mbH
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.21552/estal/2019/4/3
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