The European Commission is losing cases related to state aid taxation in the European General Court. If the Commission continues to suffer defeat against multinationals like Amazon, Apple and Starbucks, this could undermine the authority of its decisions on state aid, argues Elena Escalante Block
Elena's current research forms part of the project The Politicisation of European Union Trade Agreement Negotiations.
The project, which is funded by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), seeks to answer the questions: What are the varying degrees to which trade agreement negotiations have been politicised? And what are some of the necessary conditions for the politicisation of EU trade agreements to occur?
Her PhD, investigating the legitimacy of the EU’s responses to the financial crisis, was affiliated with the PLATO project, a European training network.
Elena's thesis analysed how state aid cases can become subject to politicisation or depoliticisation, as well as how a variety of actors might legitimise or delegitimise the Commission and the EU more broadly.