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19th March 2021
Competition & State Aid Data, Tech & IP Tax

Op-Ed: “Progressive Turnover Taxes and EU State aid law: Green light for digital services taxes?” by Saturnina Moreno González

On 16 March 2021, the Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice published its judgments in Commission v Poland  (C-562/19 P) and Commission v Hungary (C-596/19 P), finding that the Polish tax on the retail sector and the Hungarian advertisement tax, do not infringe EU State aid law. Both judgments dismiss the Commission’s appeals against the rulings of the General Court in Poland v Commission (T-836/16 and T-624/17) and Hungary v Commission (T-20/17) respectively.  In these judgments, the General Court annulled the Commission Decisions of 19 September 2016 and 30 June 2017 (Poland) and 4 November 2016 (Hungary), considering that the Commission made an error of legal characterisation in asserting that the taxes at issue conferred selective ad


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