LONDON: The European Commission on Friday said it would appeal a court ruling that overturned its demand that Apple pay nearly $15 billion in tax to the Irish government.
The EU's general court ruled in July this year that the European Commission failed to prove that the Irish government had given a tax advantage to the tech giant, reports CNBC. "The Commission has decided to appeal before the European Court of Justice the General Court's judgment of July 2020 on the Apple State aid case in Ireland," the EU's competition chief MargretheVestager said in a statement. "We have to continue to use all tools at our disposal to ensure companies pay their fair share of tax". An Apple spokesperson said in a statement: "We will review the Commission's appeal when we receive it, however it will not alter the factual conclusions of the General Court, which prove that we have always abided by the law in Ireland, as we do everywhere we operate." (IANS)