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Financing the construction of railway infrastructure in the light of the EU State Aid Law: On the beed for greater transparency

Alternative title:

Fìnansuvannâ sporudžennâ zalìzničnih ob’êktìv ìnfrastrukturi obslugovuvannâ u svìtlì prava deržavnoї dopomogi – pro potrebu bìl’šoї prozorostì



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Rail transport   EU law   state aid   Market Economy Investor Principle   incentive effect


Tekst pol., streszcz. ang., ukr.


It stands to reason that most railway infrastructure projects and all transport infrastructure for that matter are being financed by public funds. Such infrastructure addresses vital social development needs; therefore, its construction can be seen as raison d’etat. In principle, state aid can be declared compatible with the Internal Market under Article 93 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union TFEU, constituting lex specialis provided for aid for transport coordination; under General Block Exemption Regulation; or directly under Article 1073 TFEU. Each of these regimes has diff erent compatibility criteria and notification requirements. This brings up the problem of delineating the boundaries between various state aid regimes.This paper provides an analysis of the convergence and divergence factors of these regimes of sectoral and horizontal aids, highlighting controversial points with regards to the interpretation of state aid rules through the lens of the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the European Union and European Commission’s decisions. The analysis covers the classification of state measures, controversies surrounding the Market Investor Principle and the incentive effect.

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Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego

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ISSN 2082-4939


PAd P 102216 II


pol   ukr   eng


Wrocławsko-Lwowskie Zeszyty Prawnicze, 2018, 9, s. 139-157

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Czasopisma Naukowe w Sieci (CNS)

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