The court of Justice of the European Union by its judgment delivered on 14.01.2021 dismissed the appeal brought by the European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA) against the judgment T 348/16 OP of the General Court of the EU.
By the latter, the General Court of the EU partially upheld the action of Aristoteleio Panepistimio Thessalonikis under Article 272 of the T.F.E.U., seeking to a declaration that ERCEA’s claim for a refund of a grant received by the Aristoteleio Panepistimio Thessalonikis for the MINATRAN project is unfounded and corresponds to eligible costs.
The defense of the aforementioned case, as well as of the appeal, was entrusted to “Christianos and Partners Law Firm”.
The Court by its judgment dismissed all four grounds of appeal put forward by ERCEA, namely that the General Court erred in its interpretation of the general terms and conditions of the grant agreement and of the project contracts between the Aristoteleio Panepistimio Thessalonikis and its consultants and that it also infringed Regulation 1982/2006 and the financial regulation. Taking into account the arguments put forward by both parties, the Court held that the appeal must be dismissed as, in part, inadmissible and, in part, unfounded.