DHL asked to return €298m

Ruling by European Commission is “incomprehensible”, according to DHL


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The German government has ordered Deutsche Post DHL to return 298 million euros ($374 million) that it received as state aid, following a European Commission ruling in January that the total amount had to be returned.

The European Commission had conducted an investigation about the state aid received by DHL in 2007. Deutsche Post DHL along with the Federal Government has filed an appeal with the European Court of Justice against the state aid ruling made by the European Commission. Deutsche Post DHL stated: “From the company’s point of view, the ruling is incomprehensible and has no basis in fact as the Commission addressed matters they had already examined during similar state aid proceedings from 2002, matters that had ended in a defeat for the Commission in September 2010 as a result of a company appeal in the ultimate legal instance.”