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EU Takes Ireland to Court Over Unpaid €13bn State Aid Bill

07 Octobre 2017

Competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said: "Ireland has to recover up to 13 billion euros in illegal State aid from Apple".

Last year, the European Commission ordered Apple to pay some €13bn in taxes to Ireland as it had found the firm was a recipient of illegal State aid.

Ireland's failure to ask Apple for the cash means the matter has now been referred to the European Court of Justice.

A ruling past year determined that Ireland needed to recoup 13 billion euro Apple received in unfair state aid and this week Ireland was sued for not doing more to take control of it.

She added: "We of course understand that recovery in certain cases may be more complex than in others, and we are always ready to assist".

Commissioner Verstager pointed out, that the recovery of the taxes is quite complex, but Member States of the European Union should make visible efforts to ensure completion.

The decision to take the country to court was made on October 4, and comes at a time when various European Union finance ministers are discussing ways to increase taxes and tighten rules for tech companies.

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"The European Commission has launched an effort to rewrite Apple's history in Europe, ignore Ireland's tax laws and upend the worldwide tax system in the process", wrote Cook.

Ireland had until 3 January 2017 to implement the Commission's decision in line with standard procedures - four months from the official notification of the Commission's decision.

Dublin's furious finance ministry immediately hit back this morning, calling the Commission's decision to take legal action "extremely regrettable" and "wholly unneccessary". The fine was much lower than some sources close to the case had expected and is only a fraction of the €13 billion that Apple was ordered to pay to Ireland. It announced this morning that it has opted to refer the case to the European Court of Justice, saying that the sum must be collected "as quickly as possible" because Apple is benefiting from "an illegal advantage".

The EU are not happy that the Irish government seemed to be playing favourites with the world's biggest technology company.

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But Ireland made progress on calculating the exact amount due - which will be concluded by March 2018 at the earliest, according to Vestager.

"The Commission's ruling is contrary to the tax principles countries around the world have adhered to for decades".

EU Takes Ireland to Court Over Unpaid €13bn State Aid Bill