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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.