The European Commission is challenging the judgement of the General Court of the European Union in the Apple State aid case in Ireland.
EU Competition Commission Margrethe Vestager announced on September 25, 2020: “The General Court judgment raises important legal issues that are of relevance to the Commission in its application of State aid rules to tax planning cases. The Commission also respectfully considers that in its judgment the General Court has made a number of errors of law. For this reason, the Commission is bringing this matter before the European Court of Justice.”
Ireland’s Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe responded thus: “The facts of the case, as established by the GCEU, demonstrate, as Ireland has always contended, that no State aid was given and that the Irish branches of the relevant Apple companies paid the full amount of tax due in accordance with the law. Ireland has always been clear that the correct amount of Irish tax was paid, and that Ireland provided no State aid to Apple.”