Work Area: State Aid

General Court annuls Apple state aid ruling

The EU General Court has quashed the European Commission’s decision requiring Ireland to collect €13 billion in allegedly unpaid taxes from Apple because the enforcer failed to prove that Ireland granted the tech company a selective economic advantage.

15 July 2020

EU foreign subsidy white paper leaves more questions than answers, lawyers say

Competition lawyers have said sweeping proposals to curb anticompetitive foreign subsidies from outside the European Union need more clarification on how the rules will be enforced.

18 June 2020

Vestager refuses to pause state aid rules

EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has rejected a request from Austrian politicians to suspend European state aid rules during the coronavirus pandemic.

01 May 2020

DG Comp official: state aid amendments will “incentivise” coronavirus research

The European Commission has introduced additional temporary state aid measures so EU member states can more easily fund research, infrastructure and equipment related to potential covid-19 treatments.

14 April 2020

DG Comp offers “informal” coronavirus guidance

The European Commission is “ready to guide” companies and lawyers on acceptable cooperation agreements during the coronavirus pandemic.

31 March 2020

Flybe rescue is state aid, RyanAir alleges

RyanAir has joined calls for the UK government to share details of the “billionaire bailout” reportedly granted to failing airline Flybe, claiming any such loan is illegal state aid.

29 January 2020

UK Conservative Party plans to scrap EU state aid rules

The UK’s Conservative Party has proposed to scrap EU state aid rules and move the country to a new regime based on World Trade Organisation commitments on restricting harmful subsidies.

29 November 2019

EU reviews Thomas Cook subsidiary bailout

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

30 September 2019

Starbucks wins and Fiat loses at General Court

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.

24 September 2019

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

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.

18 September 2019

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