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Entirely unsatisfactory that Apple tax decision will be delayed again – Hayes

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Brian Hayes MEP today said that it is entirely unsatisfactory that the European Commission will not come to a final decision on the Apple tax ruling case by the second quarter of 2015 as initially planned.

“Commissioner Margrethe Vestager this morning explained to the Special Tax Committee in the European Parliament that the Commission will not be able to come to a final decision on the Apple tax ruling case in Ireland as well as the cases involving Amazon and Fiat in Luxembourg and Starbucks in the Netherlands.

“It is entirely unsatisfactory that we won’t have a decision in the given timeframe. From the perspective of the Commission and the institutions, we should be able to deliver a result, positively or negatively, in a timely fashion for the countries and companies involved. Of course, it is important that the most accurate and correct decision will be made in these cases, yet I believe the Commission should have regard for the timeframe that it has set itself.

“These cases are causing great uncertainty for some Member States and companies that employ thousands of people.

“There is a perception in Europe that smaller Member States are being targeted because it is politically difficult for the Commission to go after larger Member States. The Commission have a responsibility to demonstrate that this perception is untrue. Routinely delaying the tax case rulings does nothing to engender confidence.”

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