143. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance if the EU Commission has informally or formally requested information on Irish tax schemes for the purposes of state aid rules or specific tax relationships with companies; the details of such requests; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48851/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017)
Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The European Commission has been gathering information from all 28 EU Member States on tax rulings since 2014 and it has examined over 1,000 rulings across EU Member States.
I understand that the European Commission issues information requests to Member States on an ongoing basis.
Ireland has always cooperated with such requests and will continue to do so. It is not appropriate for me to comment on the nature of any such requests, as such enquiries are confidential between Ireland and the Commission.
The Commission Decision in respect of Apple was published in August 2016. Aside from this, no other State aid cases have been opened against Ireland. The Government disagrees profoundly with the Commission’s State aid analysis in that case and have lodged annulment proceedings in the General Court of the European Union.