This is a huge cover-up for the European Commission, and for Margaret Vestager, in charge of competition, and bane of digital giants. In 2016, it ordered Apple to pay 13 billion euros to Ireland, the equivalent of what the American group would have had to pay over eleven years, if Dublin had not granted it huge tax advantages.
But Wednesday, July 15, the European court agrees with Apple in considering that the Commission had failed to demonstrate the existence of a selective economic advantage. A dismaying decision for a majority of MEPs who calls for reforms to the European Union. “It is abnormal that on this continent, countries allow companies like Apple to pay only 0.0005% of taxes, while there is a rate which is fixed to Europe”, deplores EELV MEP Damien Carême.
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