Van Bael & Bellis assists the retail industry in securing an injunction by the European Commission suspending Slovakia’s tax on the food retail sector
On 2 April 2019, the European Commission opened an in-depth investigation into a tax on the food retail sector in Slovakia over concerns that the way in which the tax is structured gives some retailers a selective advantage over their competitors, thus involving State aid in breach of EU rules. At the same time, the Commission issued an injunction requiring Slovakia to suspend the application of the measure until the Commission has concluded its assessment under EU State aid rules.
The complaints giving rise to the Commission’s afore-mentioned decisions were lodged in December 2018. Van Bael & Bellis counsel Gábor Báthory assisted the retail industry in this matter. Further details on this case can be found here.