On the State aid investigations into tax rulings
My plan for today was to discuss AG Wahl’s very sensible Opinions in the cement cases concerning the Commission’s powers to request information (something very close to my heart, as explained in my comment on the Judgments of the General Court) as well as the Judgment in AC Treuhand, due today (we already commented on AG Wahls Opinion in that case; see here). However, since I have a busy morning (I
rarely sometimes work, you know) and need to catch a plane later, we’ll leave that for next week.
In the meantime, I’ll leave you with something equally interesting: the detailed and self-explanatory slides used this morning at the Brussels School of Competition by Garrigues’ partner and state-aid specialist, José Luis Buendía in a talk together with Karl Soukup (Director at DG Comp supervising the investigations into tax rulings, aside from being an impressive runner).
The event was quite a success, which is impressive considering that it started at 8 a.m, which is indecent.
The presentation puts the current investigations (the decisions were expected last Wednesday) into context, and identifies some novelties and
apparent flaws debatable issues. You won’t see it in the slides, but he also suggested that someone read beyond Article 102 of the Treaty and get to 116…
P.S. Btw, both AG Wahl and José Luis will be among the speakers at our upcoming Chillin’Competition conference.