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A picture taken on June 9, 2016 shows Amazon warehouse in Paris, part of the new service ‘Prime Now’.
Following the European Commission’s (EC) decision, Luxembourg said it “refers to a period going back to 2006. Over time, both the international and the Luxembourg legal frameworks have substantially evolved.”
Speaking to CNBC on Monday, Gramegna said that “we shouldn’t look at a situation that happened 10 or 15 years ago with the eyes of today.”
Tax issues are a long-standing problem for the EC. Back in December, Ireland also appealed against a Commission ruling to collect $15.2 billion in unpaid taxes from Apple.
More than a year after its initial order, Brussels decided to refer Ireland to the European Court of Justice last week for failing to recover the unpaid taxes from Apple.
“It is extremely regrettable that the Commission has taken this action, especially in relation to a case with such a large scale recovery amount,” the Irish authorities said in a statement.