State Aid

EU unilateral conduct cases may be political, experts say

EU unilateral conduct cases may be political, experts say

10 November 2017

A panel of experts, including former US Department of Justice acting antitrust head Renata Hesse, have lamented the development of unilateral conduct cases in Europe, and voiced concerns that the European Commission may be motivated by politics and public relations.

DG Comp probes UK tax scheme

DG Comp probes UK tax scheme

27 October 2017

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into a UK government tax exemption to multinational companies that could amount to illegal state aid.

EU rules Amazon’s tax illegal and takes Ireland to court on Apple

EU rules Amazon’s tax illegal and takes Ireland to court on Apple

04 October 2017

The European Commission today issued two decisions: forcing Luxembourg to recover €250 million in unpaid tax from Amazon, and referring Ireland to the European Court of Justice for delayed recovery of €13 billion in unpaid tax from Apple – leaving commentators questioning whether the enforcer incorrectly applied state aid laws to clamp down on corporate tax deals.

Germany differs from ECJ on state aid

Germany differs from ECJ on state aid

10 February 2017

Germany’s Federal Court of Justice ruled yesterday that the discount in fees Ryanair received from Lübeck Blankensee airport did not amount to state aid; unlike the European Court of Justice, the German court held that the European Commission’s opening decisions do not have a binding effect on national courts.

DG Comp state aid chief says uncertainty is the price of state aid

DG Comp state aid chief says uncertainty is the price of state aid

02 February 2017

Companies may have to face some uncertainty as the price of special tax treatment that “from a state aid point of view had gotten out of control”, the head of state aid at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition said yesterday.

DG Comp refers Spanish state aid to ECJ

DG Comp refers Spanish state aid to ECJ

11 January 2017

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition has referred Spain to the European Court of Justice for failing to recover anticompetitive state aid from certain telecommunications providers.

DG Comp has no ambitions to be tax police, says state aid head

DG Comp has no ambitions to be tax police, says state aid head

Premium 30 November 2016

European Commission state aid head Gert Jan Koopman today rejected criticism that the body is turning itself into a tax enforcer, and insisted that ongoing enforcement against beneficiaries of tax rulings will continue to focus on “outlier” situations where “patently you are looking at something that is off the radar screen”. Tom Webb at GCR Live State Aid in Brussels

Kroes hits out at DG Comp tax probes

Kroes hits out at DG Comp tax probes

Premium 01 September 2016

Former EU competition head Neelie Kroes today wrote that state aid is the wrong tool to tackle tax avoidance, two days after the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition ordered Ireland to recover potentially billions of euros from Apple.

DG Comp puts Apple on the hook for €13 billion

DG Comp puts Apple on the hook for €13 billion

Premium 30 August 2016

The European Commission today ordered Ireland to seek up to €13 billion in back taxes from technology company Apple, after finding that a pair of tax agreements that the US tech giant struck with the country’s government breached EU state aid rules.

US slams EU tax investigations

US slams EU tax investigations

Premium 24 August 2016

The US Department of the Treasury today predicted that the European Commission’s ongoing probes of allegedly illegal state aid will harm tax revenues and cross-border investment – and undermine other international efforts to tackle tax avoidance.