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Amazon, Luxembourg tell EU court that 2003 ruling was time-barred from EU probe

By Nicholas Hirst
  • 06 Mar 2020 10:19
  • 06 Mar 2020 10:19
Amazon.com and the European Commission sparred today over whether the regulator was time-barred from probing a 2003 tax ruling that handed the e-commerce giant tax breaks worth hundreds of millions of euros.

Lawyers for the US tech company accused officials of inventing a new category of state aid, while the commission argued

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Nicholas Hirst

Chief Correspondent


Nicholas covers EU merger review and antitrust investigations for Mlex in Brussels. He previously wrote about EU affairs for Politico Europe, European Voice and PaRR. After earning an LLM in European law from the College of Europe in Bruges, he spent a year working in the competition practice of a leading competition law firm in Brussels 2009-10. He graduated in modern European languages from Oxford University in 2006.

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