Endorsments from the public officials can contribute to save state-controlled companies from bankruptcy, in situations where private companies would not survive.
On 30 November 2016, the ECJ gave delivered its judgment in Commision v. France and Orange, Case C-486/15. The Court found that endorsement from public officials did not constitute a breach of the state aid –rules in EU/EEA –law.
Read post doc. Malgorzata Cyndecka’s comment on the judgment, “Like vilkår – men likere for noen”, in Dagens Næringsliv, 26 April.