The EU’s General Court has annulled a ruling by the European Commission that a tax deal between Amazon and Luxembourg’s government amounted to illegal state support. In 2017, the EU’s executive branch had ordered $300 million in back taxes against the technology giant. On Wednesday, the court said that the European Commission didn’t prove “to the requisite legal standard that there was an undue reduction of the tax burden of a European subsidiary of the Amazon group.”
The EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager said Brussels would “study carefully” Wednesday’s EU General Court annulment in favor of Amazon. The case may still progress to the EU’s highest chamber, the European Court of Justice (ECJ).
In a statement Amazon said “in line with our long-standing position that we followed all applicable laws and that Amazon received no special treatment. We’re pleased that the Court has made this clear, and we can continue to focus on delivering for our customers across Europe.”