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High Court outlines legal test for automatic suspension of public contract awards

The High Court in London has reinforced a legal test for determining whether the award of a public contract should be automatically suspended upon a legal challenge to the procurement process following criticism of the test by an Irish judge. 15 Oct 2014

European Commission to investigate Amazon's transfer pricing arrangements in Luxembourg

The European Commission is to conduct an "in-depth investigation" into whether corporation tax arrangements agreed between Amazon and the tax authorities in Luxembourg in 2003 were illegal state aid, it has announced. 07 Oct 2014

Out-Law Guides

  • Introduction to state aid

    Under European Union rules it is illegal for EU countries to give financial help to some companies and not others in a way which would distort fair competition. This help is called state aid, and the rules barring it are enforced by the European Commission...

  • Tax and procurement

    This guide was updated in March 2014

  • Green procurement in the public sector

    This guide is based on UK law. It was written and last reviewed in January 2010. It is part of a series of OUT-LAW guides on green IT . The UK Government's Sustainable Procurement Action Plan...

  • The Public Procurement Regulations of 2006: an introduction

    This guide has been superseded. Instead, please see our guide on Public procurement law: the basics . The guide below is out of date and is no longer updated. The rules affecting procurement of...

  • Public procurement law: the basics

    This guide is based on UK law and focuses on the current public, and not utilities, procurement rules. The law stated is up to date as at 6 February 2013.

Incoming EU competition commissioner promises to "send a signal" on tax-related state aid

EU state aid cases against Ireland, Luxembourg, Gibraltar and the Netherlands will be "a high priority" for the new competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, when she takes over the role next month, according to evidence given by the Danish politician... 06 Oct 2014

European Commission: agreements between Apple and Irish tax authorities may have been illegal state aid

Advance pricing arrangements (APAs) agreed between the Irish tax authorities and Apple may have given the company unfair advantages incompatible with EU state aid laws, the European Commission has said. 30 Sep 2014

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