*R (on the application of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and others) v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

European Union – State aids. The judge dismissed the claimant local authorities' challenge to decisions of the defendant Secretary of State in relation to the allocation of European Union structural funds for the period 2014 to 2020. The claimant's appealed. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, in dismissing the appeal, held that the Secretary of State had not breached the EU law principles of proportionality and equal treatment. Further, he had not failed to take account of a mandatory relevant consideration, namely, the needs of the transition regions.

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