EU GC quashes Starbucks state aid decision, confirms Fiat's

The EU General Court (GC) today (24 September) quashed the European Commission’s (EC) decision ordering the Netherlands to recover illegal state aid from Starbucks and confirmed a similar decision ordering Luxembourg to obtain unpaid taxes from Fiat.

In the ruling concerning Starbucks, the GC concluded that the EC wrongly found that the methodology used to determine a royalty paid within the Starbucks group was incorrect.

In October 2015, the EC had ordered Fiat and Starbucks to pay between EUR 20m and EUR 30m in unpaid tax to the governments of Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

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