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Dutch State Aid: Starbucks update

Richard Slimmen | December 02, 2015

On 21 October 2015 the European Commission declared that Luxembourg and the Netherlands have granted selective tax advantages to Fiat and Starbucks, respectively. These practices are illegal under EU State Aid rules. The Dutch government has responded last Friday (27 November 2015) to the said violation stating that it fully supports the fight against tax avoidance, that it however is of the opinion that no State Aid was involved and that it greatly values its practice of offering tax certainty in advance. The Dutch government will therefore appeal the decision of the European Commission.