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.
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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.