Law & Justice

  • MEP: "Tax Deals" Violate EU Rules

    September 09, 2016

    In an interview on the European Commission's imposition of a €13 billion fine on tech company Apple for unpaid taxes, German Member of the European Parliament Markus Ferber argued that any government attempt to attract business investment by granting a "tax deal" is illegal under EU law.

  • Economist Predicts $20 Billion Apple Tax Bill

    September 01, 2016

    In a recent interview, economist Seamus Coffey predicted that the EU may force tech company Apple to pay over $20 billion to Ireland in back taxes following its recent ruling on the country's alleged state aid to the company, though there were not "substantial Apple profits being generated" in Ireland.

  • Ireland Defends Tax Policy Against EU Ruling

    August 31, 2016

    The Irish Independent reports on plans by the Irish Government to appeal an EU ruling that tech company Apple owes the country €13 billion in back taxes to the bloc's Court of Justice, arguing that "Apple paid all the tax that was due for their activities in Ireland."

  • EU Orders Apple to Pay €13 Billion in Back Taxes

    August 30, 2016

    Politico reports that tech giant Apple and the Irish government are protesting the European Commission's decision to require Apple to pay 13 billion euros in back taxes to Ireland due to an alleged violation of EU rules prohibiting "state aid," arguing that the fine ignores national authority over corporate taxation policy.

  • US Expresses Concerns with EU Tax Investigations

    August 30, 2016

    The US Department of the Treasury has issued a white paper describing its concerns with recent European Commission investigations of whether EU member state tax practices amounted to "state aid," arguing that the Commission's approach departs from previous case law and is unfair in seeking the retroactive recovery of taxes.

  • EU Plans Authorization Program for Visa-Free Travel

    August 30, 2016

    EurActiv reports that the European Commission is planning to introduce a program, similar to an initiative currently operating in the US that aims to track visitors to the country, to require travelers from countries that have a visa-free travel agreement with the EU to apply online for authorization to enter the bloc.

  • EU Releases "Rule of Law Opinion" on Poland

    August 26, 2016

    In spite of a provision in its "Framework to Strengthen the Rule of Law" requiring the confidentiality of "Rule of Law Opinions," the European Commission has released to the public its Rule of Law Opinion on the conflict between the Polish Government and Constitutional Tribunal in response to a freedom of information petition from a UK law professor.

  • EU Drafts Privacy Rules for Online Messaging

    August 25, 2016

    Newsweek reports that the European Commission is preparing legislation that will impose the same "security and confidentiality provisions" on online messaging services, predominantly run by US-based companies Facebook and Microsoft, as those that apply to mobile phone calls and texts.

  • UK Eyes Europol Exit

    August 12, 2016

    Politico reports that officials from the new British Government, which took office following the UK's vote to leave the EU, are considering as part of their Brexit policy a departure from Europol, an EU law enforcement agency that, beginning in 2017, will be overseen by the European Parliament and will gain more authority to fight terrorism.

  • EU Issues "Rule of Law Recommendation" to Poland

    July 28, 2016

    As part of its Rule of Law Framework, a process developed to put pressure on countries to address "systemic threats to the rule of law," the European Commission has issued a "Rule of Law Recommendation" pushing the Polish government to resolve its conflict with the country's Constitutional Tribunal by accepting and implementing all judgments of the body.

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