Today, in a statement issued by Vice President Margrethe Vestager, the European Commission confirmed that it will appeal the judgment of the General Court of the European Union in the Apple State aid case to the Court of Justice of the European Union.
On 15th July 2020, the General Court of the European Union found that no State aid had been given by Ireland to Apple and that the Irish branches of Apple had paid the correct amount of tax due under legislation.
Vice President Margrethe Vestager stated that
“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 had previously appealed the Commission’s Decision on the basis that the correct amount of Irish tax had in fact been paid by Apple and that Ireland had not provided State aid to Apple. The judgment from the General Court of the European Union vindicates Ireland’s position.
The Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe T.D. said,
“I note the decision of the European Commission to lodge an appeal to the CJEU. Ireland has not yet been served with formal notice of the appeal. When it is received, the Government will need to take some time to consider, in detail, the legal grounds set out in the appeal and to consult with the Government’s legal advisors, in responding to this appeal.”
The funds in escrow of €13 billion will only be released when there has been a final determination in the European Courts on the validity of the Commission’s decision.
This appeal process could take up to two years.
For more information, please click: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/STATEMENT_20_1746