State Aid

EU probes Netherlands over Nike tax rulings

EU probes Netherlands over Nike tax rulings

10 January 2019

The European Commission has launched an in-depth investigation into whether Dutch tax rulings issued between 2006 and 2015 to global sportswear company Nike amounted to illegal state aid.

State aid official: we need right toolkit to define selectivity principle

State aid official: we need right toolkit to define selectivity principle

12 October 2018

The European Court of Justice’s recent Heitkamp Bauholding ruling shows the importance the courts attach to the selectivity principle in state aid – but the European Commission lacks “the right toolkit” to define the correct reference system in such cases, a commission official has said.

EU has made private enforcement in state aid less attractive, says lawyer

EU has made private enforcement in state aid less attractive, says lawyer

11 October 2018

The European Commission and EU courts have made state aid private enforcement “less appealing and less attractive” by ignoring national court judgments, a state aid lawyer has said.

Luxembourg didn’t give McDonald’s illegal state aid, commission finds

Luxembourg didn’t give McDonald’s illegal state aid, commission finds

19 September 2018

The European Commission has found the “double non-taxation” of McDonald’s profits in Luxembourg does not amount to illegal state aid, but rather derives from a difference in US and Luxembourg tax laws.

Brexit imposition of state aid on CMA worries lawyers

Brexit imposition of state aid on CMA worries lawyers

09 July 2018

The UK government has said it will apply a “common rulebook” regarding state aid upon Britain’s exit from the European Union, but practitioners are concerned that the UK’s national competition authority does not currently have the resources to take on this role.

Engie must pay back €120 million in state aid

Engie must pay back €120 million in state aid

20 June 2018

The European Commission has ordered Luxembourg to collect €120 million in back taxes from Engie, for the energy company having avoided paying tax on 99% of the profits it earned in the country for almost a decade.

CMA gets state aid control after Brexit

CMA gets state aid control after Brexit

05 April 2018

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority will be given state aid powers after the country leaves the European Union, the British government has said.

Tommaso Valletti at GCR Live IP & Antitrust

Tommaso Valletti at GCR Live IP & Antitrust

28 March 2018

A transcript of the keynote given by Tommaso Valletti, chief competition economist at European Commission, at GCR Live IP & Antitrust in Brussels on 13 March.

EU unilateral conduct cases may be political, experts say

EU unilateral conduct cases may be political, experts say

Premium 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

Premium 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.