She won a company Amazon is in its appeal against the European Commission, which has ordered the US tech giant to pay 250 million euros ($ 303 million) in taxes to Luxembourg.
And theShe said General Court of the European Union: The Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, has failed to prove that there is an illegal tax advantage granted by Luxembourg to Amazon, where the American company has its European branch.
The Brussels-based foundation said in 2017 that Luxembourg had granted undue tax benefits to Amazon.
The commission indicated at the time that Amazon was allowed to pay four times less tax than other local companies subject to the same national rules, however, Amazon was opposed to this assessment.
A company spokesperson said: We welcome the court’s decision, which is in line with our longstanding position that we follow all applicable laws and that Amazon will not receive any special treatment.
The European Commission can decide to appeal the court’s ruling and take the case to the highest court in the European Union.
The Amazon case was one of a number of cases led by Margaret Westager, the European Commissioner for Competition, in which tax deals awarded to large corporations were framed as a form of illegal government support.
This marks the second court ruling in less than a year, with the result indicating that the commission has not demonstrated any tax advantage.
Back in July, the General Court of the European Union said: The European Union team led by Margaret Westager failed to prove that the Irish government had granted Apple a tax advantage.
The commission had ordered Apple to pay about 13 billion euros in unpaid taxes in 2016.
The Commission has since decided to refer this case to the European Court of Justice, while at the same time studying ways on how to sharpen its toolkit to combat what it describes as unfair market competition.
In this context, European lawmakers are currently discussing two legislative proposals that could lead to sweeping changes.
Under these proposals, the goal of the European Union is to impose remedies that lead to practical changes, rather than imposing fines on those that consistently violate the rules.
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