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Parliamentary questions
14 March 2016
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 130
Renato Soru (S&D)

 Subject:  Banking Communication and the compatibility of state aid

The ‘Banking Communication’ (2013/C 216/01) states that ‘before granting any kind of restructuring aid, be it a recapitalisation or impaired asset measure, to a bank all capital generating measures including the conversion of junior debt should be exhausted’.

However, a recent opinion from Advocate General Wahl of the Court of Justice found that: ‘the Commission is not empowered to lay down general and abstract binding rules governing, for example, the situations in which aid may be considered compatible […]. Any such body of binding rules would be null and void’. Therefore, ‘Member States remain at liberty to notify the Commission of aid measures which they consider compatible, even without meeting the conditions set out in that communication’.

1. Can the Commission clarify in what cases restructuring aid was prohibited because it was incompatible with the aforementioned communication, and in what cases was its approval subordinated to other ‘capital generating measures’?

2. What can be done if the binding rules imposed by the Commission are declared ‘null and void’, and how can the impact created by the application of those rules be corrected?

3. If the opinion of Advocate General Wahl is validated by a ruling of the Court of Justice, can we expect the Commission to publish a new communication clarifying the above point and, if so, within what timeframe?

Last updated: 31 March 2016Legal notice