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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.