Brussels / London (dpa-AFX) – The European Commission is suing the United Kingdom before the European Court of Justice because, in Brussels’ jurisdiction, it has violated EU competition law. In particular, it is concerned about tax exemptions and other support measures in Gibraltar. Overall, according to the commission, this is up to 100 million euros in illegal government aid. EU Competition Commissioner Margaret Wester said in Brussels on Friday that this has caused unjustified benefits to some companies.
Two years ago, UK and local authorities were asked to withdraw this assistance. However, since this only happened in parts, it has now been decided to file a lawsuit. So far, only 20 percent of what the commission considered illegal support has been repaid.
The UK government has said it is working closely with the commission on the case. Downing Street said the Gibraltar government, in line with the commission’s decision, would “recover pending assistance” to bring the case to a “satisfactory conclusion as soon as possible” ./mjm/DP/nas