The European Commission suspected that the Netherlands provided unauthorised state aid to Starbucks. The European Court has now decided that the European Commission was in the wrong. Assumptions were that Starbucks was making too little profit (and thus were paying less taxes) in the Netherlands, as Starbucks purchased relatively expensive coffee beans and knowledge from overseas Starbucks branches. However, the Dutch Tax Authorities had given Starbucks permission by granting a so-called Advance Pricing Agreement. The Commission has two months to make an appeal.