The exemption from corporate income tax for Belgian ports, it is a form of illegal state aid. That is the opinion of the European Commission in 2017 as it is today, for us, confirmed by the European Court of Justice.

The European Commission is obliged, in Belgium, in July 2017 for the tax exemptions for the ports of Antwerp, Bruges, Brussels, Charleroi, Ghent, Liege, Namur, Oostende, which is on the canals in Hainault and Flanders, and to stop it. According to the Commission, was illegal state aid, because the ports and thus have a competitive advantage, and an objective of general interest, such as the promotion of mobility and multi-modal transport was achieved.

The port of Antwerp, of Brussels, La Louvière, Namur, Charleroi and Liege, were against that decision, lodge an appeal with the European Court of Justice. However, the Court rejects that appeal in a judgment handed down. The decision of the European Commission, is hereby confirmed.

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