Ireland Launches Apple State Aid Recovery Procurement Process

The Irish Ministry of Finance announced the launch of the procurement process in relation to Apple state aid recovery. The Department of Finance also revealed that funds may be higher than initial €13bn estimate.

Government Committed to Ensure the Recovery

On July 22, the Irish Ministry of Finance published a Statement from Minister Donohoe on launch of procurement process in relation to Apple state aid recovery. The Government informed it is fully committed to ensuring that recovery of the Apple state aid takes place without delay and has committed significant resources to ensuring this is achieved.

"Commencement of this procurement process represents a significant milestone and follows months of intensive discussions between Ireland, Apple and the European Commission on the recovery process," Minister Donohoe said.

The Procurement Process

The Irish Ministry of Finance informed that the recovery amount will be paid into an escrow fund with final release when there has been a final determination in the European Courts over the validity of the European Commission’s Decision. As part of the establishment of the escrow fund, an escrow agent/custodian will be appointed by Apple and the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform (the Minister) to hold and administer the escrow fund. The Minister is appointing the NTMA as his agent to run this procurement process.

Further information will be published shortly in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Source: Finance Department of Ireland

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