Decision was not aimed against US: Juncker
A man looks at his phone as he walks past an authorized Apple reseller store in Galway Jesse Lingard England Jersey
, Ireland, on August 30. Photo: CFP
An EU ruling that Apple Inc must pay a huge tax bill to Ireland was clearly based on facts and existing rules and was not a decision aimed against the US, European Commission (EC) President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Sunday.
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, EU antitrust regulators -ordered Apple to pay up to 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in taxes to the Irish -government after ruling that a practice of routing profits through Ireland was illegal state aid.
Apple's Chief Executive Tim Cook last week described the ruling as "total political crap," but France and Germany have come out to back Brussels on the decision.
Juncker said EC investigations on taxation had mainly targeted European companies.
The decision comes amid a coordinated global initiative to crack down on tax evasion by multinational companies, -spearheaded by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and -Development (OECD).
The ruling against the US tech company has pushed the issue into the limelight and raised the risk of significant pushback from the US Jamie Vardy England Jersey
, analysts said, where some lawmakers are saying the result represents a European -encroachment on the US potential tax base.
In separate comments to Reuters on the sidelines of the G20 summit on Saturday, Pascal Saint-Amans Adam Lallana England Jersey
, director of the OECD Center for Tax Policy and Administration, called Apple's tax planning "outrageous" but, like Juncker Raheem Sterling England Jersey
, said the decision was based on enforcing regulations.
Saint-Amans said he believed it would be unlikely to serve as a precedent for enforcement on future income earned by multinationals.
Juncker's remarks appeared designed to reassure US lawmakers, who have argued for years over the treatment of offshore income but now fear that the EC move would mean more profits earned by US corporations flowing into European tax coffers.
"This is not a decision against the United States of America," said Juncker.
Ireland's cabinet agreed on Friday to join Apple in appealing against the tax demand David Beckham England Jersey
, Reuters reported.
Ireland's Finance Minister Michael Noonan has insisted Dublin would fight any adverse ruling ever since the European Union began investigating Apple's Irish tax affairs in 2014, arguing that it had to protect a tax regime that has attracted large numbers of multinational employers, said Reuters.
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, he failed to persuade a group of independent lawmakers, whose support is vital for the minority government, to agree to fight the ruling by European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager that Apple's low tax arrangements in Ireland constitute illegal state aid John Stones England Jersey
, according to Reuters.
Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye (R) arrives at the prosecutors' office in Seoul, South Korea, March 21 Kyle Walker England Jersey
, 2017. Park Geun-hye appeared Tuesday in the prosecutors' office to be questioned over an corruption scandal that led to her impeachment earlier this month. (XinhuaLee Sang-ho)
SEOUL， March 21 (Xinhua) -- South Korean prosecutors ended a marathon interrogation of ousted President Park Geun-hye late on Tuesday night over a corruption scandal that led to her impeachment.
The 14-hour-long questioning came to an end at about 11:40 p.m. local time (1440 GMT) as Park appeared in the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office to be questioned over the influence-peddling scandal.
Sohn Bum-kyu， one of Park's legal team， said via text message that it would take about two hours to confirm the testimony Park had given to the prosecutors.
Park is expected to return after midnight to her private home in a southern district of Seoul， where she has stayed since she left the presidential Blue House on March 12.
At present， the prosecutors are reportedly ruling out a possibility to seek to arrest Park.
On March 10， the constitutional court permanently removed Park from office by unanimously upholding the bill to impeach Park that was passed in the parliament on Dec. 9.
Since the passage of the impeachment， Park had vowed to be interrogated by both state and special prosecutors， but she eventually dismissed the requests for questioning by both of them， citing various reasons.
Park had immunity from criminal indictment while in office， but she has lost it as she is now a private civilian. Park became the fourth South Korean former president to be questioned by prosecutors.
During the grilling， prosecutors focused on Park's alleged involvement in charges of bribery， abuse of power and the leakage of state secrets. A total of 13 charges were levied against her.
Park， 65， has been accused of colluding with her decades-long friend Choi Soon-sil， who is now in custody， to receive tens of millions of U.S. dollars in bribes from Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong， the heir apparent of Samsung Group who was also taken into custody.
The kickbacks are suspected of being offered in return for helping Lee inherit the overall management control of the country's biggest family-controlled conglomerate from his ailing father Chairman Lee Kun-hee who has been hospitalized for heart attack for almost three years.
Park was identified as an accomplice to Choi in helping solicit tens of millions of U.S. dollars from scores of large business conglomerates to establish two nonprofit foundations Choi used for personal gains.
Choi has been charged with meddling in state affairs behind the scenes by receiving government documents on a regular basis delivered by one of Park's former presidential secretaries.
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