Tesco Hungary Suffers Setback at Hands of EU Court Adviser

July 4, 2019, 10:09 AM

An adviser to the European Union’s top court threw a damper on Tesco’s lawsuit against the Hungarian tax office, saying a special retail tax imposed between 2010 and 2012 did not violate the bloc’s law.

The tax did not discriminate against foreign-owned retail chains nor did it amount to illegal state aid under EU rules, Juliane Kokott, an advocate general of the European Court of Justice, said July 4 in her written legal opinion.

“Different taxation resulting from progressive rates does not constitute a selective advantage favoring companies with lower turnover (and, therefore, is not aid), nor can a company...

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