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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
13 July 2016
The head of state aid at Europe’s competition watchdog yesterday said his agency’s concern about member states’ tax rulings centres on how they may diverge from what courts would seem to prescribe, but that his agency is not writing formal guidance for companies. Pallavi Guniganti at GCR Live 8th Annual Brussels Conference: The bigger picture
28 June 2016
The European Court of Justice has dismissed a complaint by Dutch appliance maker Whirlpool against the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition, over the agency’s handling of the French government’s 2007 rescue of troubled competitor FagorBrandt.
03 June 2016
European commissioner for competition Margrethe Vestager said today that other countries should adopt the kind of prohibitions on selective government assistance that she has vigorously enforced in the European Union. Pallavi Guniganti in Brussels
18 April 2016
The state aid investigations into EU member states’ tax rulings appear to be breaking new ground, as the union’s antitrust watchdog collaborates with its regulatory counterparts to push through policy reform. Tom Webb examines the investigation and what lies ahead.
Premium 29 January 2016
The European Commission has not launched an investigation into Google’s £130 million (€170 million) settlement with the UK’s tax authority, although politicians across Europe claim the tax deal may have broken state aid rules.