Belfast Telegraph

EU takes Ireland to court over £11bn Apple tax bill

Ireland has been referred to the European Court of Justice for failing to recover €13bn (£11.5bn) in illegal state aid from tech giant Apple, the EU's competition watchdog said.

Margrethe Vestager, the EU's competition commissioner, said: "Ireland has to recover up to €13bn ain illegal state aid from Apple.

"However, more than one year after the commission adopted this decision, Ireland has still not recovered the money, also not in part.

"We of course understand that recovery in certain cases may be more complex than in others, and we are always ready to assist.

"But member states need to make sufficient progress to restore competition.

"That is why we have today decided to refer Ireland to the EU Court for failing to implement our decision."

The Irish Government reacted angrily to the decision, saying it was disappointed with the European Commission's action.

It described it as "wholly unnecessary" and said it has never accepted the Commission's analysis of Apple's tax arrangements.

"We have always been clear that the Government is fully committed to ensuring that recovery of the alleged Apple state aid takes place without delay and has committed significant resources to ensuring this is achieved," the Department of Finance in Dublin said.

Belfast Telegraph Digital

Weekly Business Digest Newsletter

This week's business news headlines, directly to your inbox every Tuesday.