European Union – State aids. The General Court of the European Union granted the application by Aer Lingus Ltd for annulment of a decision by the European Commission that the application by Ireland of a lower national rate of air travel tax (ATT) for a certain period applicable to all flights operated by certain aircrafts constituted state aid and was incompatible with the internal market (the contested decision). Consequently, art 4 of that decision, read in the light of recital 70 of that decision would be annulled, in so far as it ordered the recovery of the aid from the airlines which had operated flights subject to the ATT at the lower rate during the period concerned.