Vestager’s war on tax breaks causes sparks in EU courts


Date: 12 July 2018. Duration: 14:35

EU competition enforcers have caused controversy by using state aid rules to challenge tax breaks given by certain EU governments to multinational companies. Subsequent court cases have seen heated arguments between lawyers for the European Commission and the companies involved — often supported by national governments. Competition reporters Matthew Newman and Nicholas Hirst explain what’s going on to Brussels news editor Sam Wilkin.

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Starbucks, Netherlands say legal and factual errors undermine EU tax verdict (2 July 2018)

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