Deutsche Post DHL: New EU state-aid finding baseless
Today's decision by the EU Commission revives old accusationsBonn, 05/10/2011, 06:00 PM CEST
Deutsche Post DHL says there is no basis for the European Commission's decision to expand the scope of an inquiry on state aid launched in 2007. The Group will review the complaint and then comment on the finding, as it has done in the past.
The Commission announced today that a new aspect was being added to the state-aid inquiry initiated years ago against the Federal Republic of Germany. In the inquiry, the Commission is examining whether Deutsche Post AG and its predecessor, Deutsche Bundespost, received excessive compensation for universal postal service from the government budget from 1989 to 2007. Its inquiry is also examining regulations on civil servants' pensions. It said that it had collected additional information about this issue and the scope of the inquiry on this point would be expanded.
The EU Commission has conducted a thorough investigation of civil servant pensions in the past. In a state-aid decision issued in 2002, the Commission was unable to determine the payment of any illegal state aid regarding the pension issue. The facts underlying the case have not changed in recent years.