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EU to scrutinize state aid to Belgian and French ports

EU's competition commissioner has now launched two parallel investigations into tax exemptions for Belgian and French ports, after both countries chose not to comply with a request by the EU to abolish the exemptions. 

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Back in January 2016, the EU Commission asked both Belgium and France to do away with tax exemptions for ports in order to comply with EU rules for state aid.

The two countries, however, have opted to ignore the request, prompting the EU's competitions commissioner Margrethe Vestager to launch two parallel in-depth investigations into the issue.

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