Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny told CNBC on Wednesday he is confident of winning the appeal against the European Commission's ruling on Apple's taxes.
The country's premier spoke to CNBC a week after the European Commission, the European Union's executive arm, ruled that Ireland had granted Apple undue tax benefits. This is illegal under EU rules and the commission ordered the Irish government to recover up to 13 billion euros ($14.6 billion) — plus interest — from Apple.
Ireland opposed the ruling on fears that it would jeopardize its policy of wooing foreign businesses to relocate there
Ireland will appeal the ruling to provide "clarity and certainty," Kenny told CNBC in Dublin. Apple also plans to appeal.
"I am confident the appeal will succeed because what has happened here is that the European Commission has made a finding with regards to state aid rules, which crosses the threshold into tax competency, which is a matter for each individual country," Kenny told CNBC on Wednesday.