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European Commission: Amazon's tax arrangements in Luxembourg may have been illegal state aid

Corporation tax arrangements agreed between Luxembourg and the online retailer Amazon in 2003 may have conferred a "selective tax advantage" on Amazon, the European Commission has said. 16 Jan 2015

Chinese government lifts price controls on 24 commodities and services, including air and rail cargo

Government-set controls on the cost of air and rail passenger and cargo transportation in China will be lifted as part of a drive to deregulate prices and improve competition, the country's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has announced. 05 Jan 2015

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    This guide has been superseded.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 The guide below is out of date and is no longer updated.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.

Oil and gas firms invited to bid for deep-water exploration blocks in Bulgarian Black Sea

Potential investors have been invited to bid for oil and natural gas exploration rights on Bulgaria's continental shelf and in the Black Sea by the country's government. 19 Dec 2014

Think tank criticises UK government's "short-sightedness" and lack of "forward-thinking" infrastructure strategy

Gaps in the UK's "institutional architecture" for coming to decisions on major infrastructure investment means that the process is not as efficient as it otherwise could be, according to a leading policy 'think tank'. 19 Dec 2014

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