mercoledì 28 ottobre 2015

Segnalazioni da State Aid Weekly News

Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-89/14 - A2A
03.09.2015 - EU law does not preclude Italian legislation which, by reference to an EU regulation not in force at the time, provides for the application of compound interest to the recovery of State aid.
Commission finds Italian tax reductions for companies in areas affected by natural disasters also benefitted companies that suffered no damage
14.08.2015 - After an in-depth investigation, the European Commission has found that certain Italian measures reducing company taxes and social security contributions in areas affected by natural disasters also benefitted companies that suffered no damage from natural disasters and overcompensated companies beyond the damage suffered. The Commission and EU state aid rules fully support public measures to aid companies that have suffered damage due to natural disasters. However, if such measures are not properly designed and well-targeted for their purpose, they can give an unfair competitive advantage to companies, distorting competition in the Single Market, and cannot be justified under EU state aid rules.
Commission publishes Member State reports to make state support for the provision of public services more transparent
The European Commission has today published Member States' reports on compliance with the rules on State aid for the provision of services of general economic interest (SGEI) in 2012-2014. The reports allow citizens to see which sectors have received State support to compensate for the cost of carrying out public services, and the conditions on which it has been received, according to Member States. EU state aid rules on public service compensation, adopted in 2011, allow the compensation of companies through State aid for the extra cost of providing a public service, subject to certain conditions. In particular, the rules allow State support for the provision of public services whilst at the same time making sure that companies entrusted with such services do not get overcompensated. This ensures an efficient use of public resources and that distortions of competition are minimised. Today's publication of the reports is part of the Commission's efforts to implement its State Aid Modernisation (SAM) initiative and to make more transparent where public money goes.
Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-367/14 - Commission v Italy
Due to its delay in recovering aid incompatible with the common market, Italy is ordered to pay a lump sum of €30 million and a fine of €12 million per semester of delay
President Juncker, Commissioner Moscovici and Commissioner Vestager address the EP's Special Committee on Tax Rulings
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Commissioner Pierre Moscovici are jointly addressing the joint meeting of the European Parliament’s Special TAXE and ECON Committees this morning to present the Commission’s Action Plan on Fair and Efficient Corporate Taxation. The Action Plan was adopted by the College on 17 June and is part of the Commission's broader drive to crack down on harmful and abusive tax practices. After their appearance, Commissioner Vestager will speak about the role of state aid control to combat unfair tax competition and updated the Committee on the ongoing state aid inquiries related to tax rulings. The fight against corporate tax avoidance and aggressive tax planning is a top priority of the Juncker Commission.
The level playing field is green
12.10.2015 - Speech by Commissioner Margrethe Vestager at Bruegel
The values of competition policy
13.10.2015 - Keynote speech by Commissioner Margrethe Vestager at CEPS Corporate breakfast" one year in office".
Handbooks: analytical grids on State aid infrastructures
The analytical grids are checklists intended to provide guidance on the application of State aid rules to the public financing of infrastructure projects.
Commission decides selective tax advantages for Fiat in Luxembourg and Starbucks in the Netherlands are illegal under EU state aid rules
21.10.2015 - The European Commission has decided that Luxembourg and the Netherlands have granted selective tax advantages to Fiat Finance and Trade and Starbucks, respectively. These are illegal under EU state aid rules.
Statement by Commissioner Vestager on Commission state aid decisions regarding illegal tax advantages granted by Luxembourg (Fiat) and the Netherlands (Starbucks) and on the optical disk drives cartel

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