3F, formerly Specialarbejderforbundet i Danmark (SID) v. Commission of the European Communities
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Judgement date :09/07/2009
Appeals – Tax relief measures for seafarers employed on board vessels registered in the Danish International Register – Commission decision not to raise objections – Action for annulment – Concept of party concerned – Trade union − Admissibility of the action
In 3F v Commission, the Court highlighted that the “Community has not only an economic but also a social purpose, the rights under the provisions of the Treaty on State Aid and competition must be balanced, where appropriate, against the objectives pursued by social policy” (§ 58). In other words, sustainable development considerations should be taken into account, and there is no reason not to.