Thursday, January 22 meeting Apple CEO and head of the Catholic Church Pope Francis, according to Reuters. Tim cook proceeded to the interior of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican, where he expected the Pontiff.
The meeting with the Pope took place behind closed doors and lasted about 15 minutes. According to some reports, Apple CEO and the head of the Roman Catholic Church discussed the global problems of today and the environmental initiatives of the American Corporation. Know that Dad and Tim cook are active environmentalists.
Elected three years ago, the Pope repeatedly in his speeches has criticized the economic principles of capitalism that led to the global crisis and the growth of wealth inequalities, even in developed countries. A week before the meeting with Tim cook, Pope Francis received the President of the Board of Directors of Google Eric Schmidt and Google Ideas head Jared Cohen.
During a trip to Italy Tim cook met with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. At the meeting was the discussion of the investment Apple in Naples, where the company opens the European centre for the development of applications for iOS. It will be located in a partner institution and will provide support for teachers, and provide special curriculum to prepare thousands of future developers to participate in the growing community of Apple developers.
Ended European tour with Tim cook closed the meeting with the European Commissioner for competition Margrethe Vestager the EU, during which they discussed the claims of the EU to the tax payments of the company. According to some, the parties are close to agreement.
Currently, the regulator is conducting an investigation in terms of tax policy Apple. The Corporation is suspected of using subsidiaries in Ireland to avoid paying taxes on income that the manufacturer generates iPhone and iPad outside the United States. Tim cook calls Apple’s claims of tax evasion “political nonsense”.