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01.10.2014 State aid: Commission decides Nürburgring racetrack in Germany received incompatible state aid
09.04.2014 State aid: Commission approves £110 million aid for three sports stadiums in Belfast, Northern Ireland
18.12.2013 State aid: Commission approves French aid for construction and renovation of stadiums for UEFA EURO 2016 Championship
18.12.2013 State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into public funding of certain Spanish professional football clubs (ESP)
20.11.2013 State aid: Commission clears Belgian support scheme for football stadiums
15.05.2013 State aid: Commission authorises public co-financing of Copenhagen multiarena in Denmark
02.05.2013 State aid: Commission authorises public co-financing of Uppsala arena in Sweden
06.03.2013 State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into public funding of five Dutch professional football clubs
19.09.2012 State aid: Commission orders recovery of €10 million unlawful aid from Slovenian ski maker Elan
08.08.2012 State aid: Commission extends in-depth investigation into aid granted to Nürburgring racetrack in Germany
08.05.2012 State aid: Commission launches major initiative to modernise state aid control
30.03.2012 Competition policy for the post-crisis era
21.03.2012 State aid: Vice President Almunia and UEFA President Platini confirm Financial Fair-Play rules in professional football are in line with EU state aid policy
21.03.2012 State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into aid granted to Nürburgring racetrack in Germany
21.03.2012 State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into financing of arenas in Copenhagen and Uppsala
09.11.2011 State aid: Commission clears Hungarian sport support scheme
14.10.2011 Mergers: Commission clears CVC's purchase of a controlling stake in fitness centre operator Virgin Active Group
18.01.2011 The Commission adopted a Communication on Sport. More information on the Sport policy page.
01.07.2008 In the MOTOE judgment the Court of Justice held that a non-profit-making motorcycling association could be considered as an undertaking if it organised motorcycling events itself and entered into sponsorship, advertising and insurance contracts. This conclusion was not affected by the fact that the entity had the power to give its consent to applications for authorisation to organise competitions submitted to the public authorities. Also, the CJ concluded that such an association that also takes part in administrative decisions authorising the organization of motorcycling events, had the power to prevent other competitors to enter the market of motorcycling events and therefore could distort competition. The Court held that Articles 102 and 106 TFEU precluded a national rule which conferred on such association the power to give consent to applications for authorisation to organise such competitions, without that power being made subject to restrictions, obligations and review.
21.08.2007 New information on the White Paper on Sport in the EU sport policy pages.
11.06.2007 New information on state aid
19.10.2006 In an important judgment of the Court of Justice in the Meca Medina case of 18 July 2006 concerning anti-doping rules in long-distance swimming, the Court found that the anti-doping rules in question did not infringe EU competition (antitrust) rules. This judgment provided useful guidance on the application of EU competition rules to sport, notably in respect of the regulatory aspects of sport. In its judgment in the Meca Medina case, the Court made it clear that a case-by-case assessment of each sporting rule is necessary in order to determine whether the rule infringes EU competition rules. The Court stated that even in cases where a sporting rule is considered to restrict competition, it may not breach EU competition law to the extent the rule in question pursues a legitimate objective and its anti-competitive effects are inherent in the pursuit of those objectives and are proportionate to them. It is therefore no longer possible to consider that so-called 'pure sporting rules' would as such fall outside the scope of EU competition rules. It should be recalled that the Commission has consistently taken into consideration the specific characteristics of sport when dealing with cases under EU competition rules in this sector.


  
  
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