Work Area: State Aid

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

DG Comp puts Apple on the hook for €13 billion

30 August 2016

US slams EU tax investigations

24 August 2016

DG Comp state aid chief dispels “myths” about tax rulings

13 July 2016

ECJ rejects Whirlpool state aid appeal over FagorBrandt bailout

28 June 2016

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