Today, the European Commission issued injunctions ordering Estonia and Poland to provide long-overdue information about their tax ruling practices.  According to a press release, the European Commission is seeking information on the tax ruling practices of all of its Member States as part of an inquiry “aimed at clarifying allegations that tax rulings may constitute state aid.”  Estonia and Poland are the only EU countries that have failed to respond to the European Commission’s original request for information.

The European Commission also announced today that it will ask 15 Member States, including France, Germany, and Italy, “to provide a substantial number of individual tax rulings.”  According to Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s antitrust chief, the EU Commission wants to analyze the individual tax rulings “carefully to find out whether Member States employ tax rulings to grant companies selective tax advantages that breach EU state aid rules.”