Cablegate: Government of Ireland Pushes Charlie McCreevy to Help Microsoft Against Antitrust Regulators
Summary: Familiar faces and sympathetic countries offer protection to a monopoly abuser
IRELAND is well known as Microsoft’s centre of tax dodge in Europe. The exchange is one of little or no benefit to the Irish economy (which not so long ago stood on its last leg), it’s about rich people trying to evade tax using loopholes and tax havens.
VZCZCXRO7108 RR RUEHAG DE RUEHDL #0335 0891457 ZNY CCCCC ZZH R 301457Z MAR 06 FM AMEMBASSY DUBLIN TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 6705 INFO RUCNMEM/EU MEMBER STATES RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS C O N F I D E N T I A L DUBLIN 000335 SIPDIS SIPDIS E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/31/2015 TAGS: ETRD, KIPR, EUN, EI SUBJECT: IRELAND SHARES USG CONCERNS ON MICROSOFT REF: A. STATE 46956 B. YOUNG-SOILA E-MAIL OF 3/13/06 Classified By: Political-Economic Counselor Mary E. Daly; Reasons 1.4 ( B) and (D). (C) Ireland shares USG concerns about the Commission's treatment of Microsoft (which has its European operations center and large-scale R&D programs in Ireland), according to Ronald Long, Assistant Secretary General in the Department of Enterprise, Trade, and Employment (DETE), with whom Post discussed reftel demarche on March 28 and 29. Long, who has responsibility for competition issues in DETE and claims to have written the 1991 EU Copyright Directive for Computer Programs, noted that DETE Minister Micheal Martin had recently written to EU Internal Market Commissioner (and former Irish Finance Minister) Charlie McCreevy to alert the Commission to the GOI's concerns. Long elaborated that the GOI saw the Commission as less than transparent in its evaluation of the interoperability information supplied by Microsoft in compliance with the Commission's antitrust ruling. The GOI, he added, worried that the Commission's dealings with Microsoft were making the ground rules for competition cases unclear, a trend that should concern any company operating in Europe. He asked to stay in touch with Post as the Microsoft case proceeded. KENNY
Got to love the part about “less than transparent” in relation to the EU Commission. Lack of transparency is actually the Microsoft problem which the EU Commission was trying to address. What is this, projection? █