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.
23 January 2019
The UK’s new state aid regime, which is set to be introduced when the country leaves the European Union, will be “as similar to the European Commission’s current procedural rules as possible”, the UK enforcer has confirmed.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.