EU Commission finds that Luxembourg granted unlawful State aid to Amazon

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March 2018

Overview

On February 26, 2018, the European Commission (EC) published the non-confidential version of its final decision issued on October 4, 2017 in the Amazon State aid investigation opened in October 2014. 

According to the decision, in the EC’s opinion, Luxembourg’s tax treatment of Amazon gave rise to State aid in the amount of up to € 250 million.

The takeaway

This decision is the latest in a number of related high-profile cases that concern the EC’s approach on State aid, in particular in relation to tax rulings and transfer pricing.

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