Europe's fight against Apple: Endgame in September

by Kelvin
Europe's fight against Apple: Endgame in September

The dispute between the European Commission and Apple, which is a € 13 billion fine from the iPhone maker, will continue to be important in 2019. This September, the European Union's court is expected to revive the case.

For several years, the controversy European Commission with us Apple around a tax payment in the billions. This continues to be the 13.1 billion euros, plus 1.2 billion euros in interest, the Apple has to pay, because the company from Cupertino in Ireland has paid only 2 percent instead of the usual 12.5 percent due to an agreement with the government since the 1980s.


As heise now reports, the second highest court of the European Union should deal with the case. So should be scheduled for the 17th and 18th September two days of negotiations. Ireland is with us Apple on one side, while facing the Directorate-General for Competition under EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager. Ireland and Apple consider the tax-saving model to be legal, while the EU Commission believes that Ireland has provided tax credits to the company. It is expected that the trial before the European Union court will be just another step before the EU Supreme Court, the ECJ, has to draft it.

Europe's fight against Apple: Endgame in September 1 Image: European Commission.

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The US had tried to interfere in the proceedings, but to no avail. US President Donald Trump had the case against Apple – and other corporations from the US – "sharply criticized" by the Competition Commissioner.

In September stands for Apple another point on the agenda – new iPhones:

Apple has now transferred the requested amount to a blocked account. As heise further reported, the financial managers had failed to invest the money without loss. The sum is said to have shrunk by about 15 million euros last year.

When it will give a judgment in this case is not known. Similar cases involving Starbucks and Fiat Chrysler have been bargained last year, but there has not been a decision yet.

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