Margrethe Vestager, Govt Vice President of the European Fee, speaks to the media in Brussels, Belgium.
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The battle between the EU and Apple on taxes is not over but.
On Friday, the European Fee, which is the EU’s government department, mentioned it could attraction a court docket ruling involving Apple and the Republic of Eire.
The EU court docket dominated in July that the Fee couldn’t show that the Irish authorities had granted the tech large a tax break.
The Fee’s staff, led by EU competitors chief Margrethe Vestager, argued in 2016 that Apple had to repay 13 billion euros ($ 15.17 billion) in unpaid taxes to Eire after it granted the corporate “undue tax breaks”.
Nevertheless, each the Irish authorities and the tech large denied the declare.
The European Fee will now carry the case to the best court docket in Europe.
“The Fee has determined to attraction the July 2020 judgment of the Common Court docket on Apple’s state assist case in Eire to the European Court docket of Justice,” Vestager mentioned in an announcement on Friday.
Vestager mentioned the court docket raised “essential authorized points” in its ruling, however “the The Fee additionally considers that the Common Court docket erred in legislation in numerous methods.“”
The July ruling challenged the way in which the Fee makes use of state assist insurance policies to sort out uncompetitive business-to-government offers by asking them to supply extra proof in these conditions – a doubtlessly prolonged and sophisticated job.