EU court rejects Italy employment aid appeal

Rome must recover funds, pay 16.5 mln fine

(ANSA) - Brussels, October 21 - The Court of Justice of the European Union (EU) on Tuesday rejected an appeal by Italy against an order from the European Commission to recover state aid for employment and pay a 16.5 million euro fine.
    The commission considers state aid for employment provided under the form of exemptions from social security payments for the transformation of training contracts into contracts of unlimited duration to be "illegitimate and incompatible with the common market" according to the original order, dating to 1999. A second appeal by Italy against the commission is pending at the European court in relation to additional penalties for the same offence.


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