State Aid

EU reviews Thomas Cook subsidiary bailout

EU reviews Thomas Cook subsidiary bailout

30 September 2019

The European Commission is considering whether the German government’s anticipated €380 million bailout of Condor Airlines amounts to unlawful state aid.

Starbucks wins and Fiat loses at General Court

Starbucks wins and Fiat loses at General Court

24 September 2019

An EU court has annulled a European Commission decision forcing the Netherlands to recover state aid from Starbucks, but upheld its decision finding that Luxembourg granted unlawful aid to Fiat Chrysler.

Apple state aid decision is “beneath the commission”, Ireland tells EU court

Apple state aid decision is “beneath the commission”, Ireland tells EU court

18 September 2019

The European Commission’s decision ordering Ireland to collect up to €13 billion in allegedly unpaid taxes from Apple is “untethered from reality” and violates fundamental rights of defence, counsels to Ireland and Apple have claimed.

State aid recovery cannot fully restore competition, EU official says

State aid recovery cannot fully restore competition, EU official says

18 September 2019

Restoring effective competition to where it would have been in the absence of wrongful state aid “is never going to happen,” a European Commission official has said.

Mosso: DG Comp will “rethink” state aid rules

Mosso: DG Comp will “rethink” state aid rules

17 September 2019

The European Commission will review and reform state aid rules during the next five-year political mandate, its deputy director-general of state aid has said.

Apple is world’s largest taxpayer, counsel tells General Court

Apple is world’s largest taxpayer, counsel tells General Court

17 September 2019

Apple has claimed the European Commission’s 2017 state aid decision against it stepped outside the enforcer’s remit in an attempt to “harmonise” diverging national tax regimes.

EU opens 39 probes into Belgian tax scheme after court loss

EU opens 39 probes into Belgian tax scheme after court loss

16 September 2019

The European Commission has opened 39 separate investigations into multinational companies that it suspects received illegal state aid from the Belgian government.

UK appeals state aid tax decision to General Court

UK appeals state aid tax decision to General Court

21 June 2019

The United Kingdom has appealed against a European Commission decision finding it granted illegal state aid to several multinational companies.

UK must recover illegal state aid

UK must recover illegal state aid

03 April 2019

The European Commission has ordered the UK to recover illegal aid that the country granted to certain multinational companies, as the commission found part of an anti-tax avoidance scheme violated EU state aid rules.

EU court's state aid ruling unlikely to affect Apple case, lawyers say

EU court's state aid ruling unlikely to affect Apple case, lawyers say

15 February 2019

The EU’s General Court has struck down a European Commission decision finding that Belgium granted unlawful tax relief to to at least 66 companies, but lawyers do not expect the ruling to have much of a bearing on upcoming challenges to more high-profile state aid tax cases.