Work Area: State Aid

Engie must pay back €120 million in state aid

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.

20 June 2018

CMA gets state aid control after Brexit

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.

05 April 2018

Tommaso Valletti at GCR Live IP & Antitrust

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.

28 March 2018

DG Comp probes UK tax scheme

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.

27 October 2017

EU rules Amazon’s tax illegal and takes Ireland to court on Apple

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.

04 October 2017

Germany differs from ECJ on state aid

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.

10 February 2017

DG Comp state aid chief says uncertainty is the price of state aid

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.

02 February 2017

DG Comp refers Spanish state aid to ECJ

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.

11 January 2017

DG Comp has no ambitions to be tax police, says state aid head

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

30 November 2016

Kroes hits out at DG Comp tax probes

01 September 2016

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