Friday 24 February 2017

Vestager hits back at Apple claim of bias against US

Alastair MacDonald

The European Commission's Competition chief Margrethe Vestager Photo: REUTERS/Eric Vidal
The European Commission's Competition chief Margrethe Vestager Photo: REUTERS/Eric Vidal

The European Commission has rejected Apple's claim that an EU order to the company to pay €13bn back-taxes to Ireland was political, noting the calculations were based on facts and Apple's own data.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook told the Irish Independent that the EU's order was motivated in part by anti-US bias.

But European Commission's Competition chief Margrethe Vestager hit back immediately, saying she will not accept the accusation.

"No, I will not. This is a decision based on the facts of the case," she said.

She said the calculations of the back-tax owed by Apple to Ireland were based on data provided by the company itself and facts presented during hearings on Apple tax issues in the United States.

Ms Vestager said she would meet US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew in Washington in September to further discuss the case.

Irish Independent

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