segunda-feira, abril 14, 2008

Dublin stands firm against Tax Harmonisation

Dublin is still opposed to a harmonisation of corporate taxes in the EU. "We welcome the opportunity for an open and honest discussion on the matter. Clearly, we want our opposition to be understood," said Irish Secretary of State for European Affairs Dick Roche, on 8 April, before the Seanad in Dublin.
He was reacting to declarations made the previous day in Brussels by French Economy Minister Christine Lagarde, who said she wants to push for harmonisation during the French EU Presidency in the second half of 2008.
Lagarde "admitted that it was a controversial subject and that there could not be a quick agreement on the issue," said Roche. The Lisbon Treaty "keeps the existing arrangements, according to which taxation matters must be decided by a unanimous vote," he reiterated.
The idea of a Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB) in the EU is particularly supported by France and Germany, but draws hostility from the UK and Ireland, which fear it is the first step toward a harmonisation of rates.
During his visit to Dublin, the European Parliament's President, Hans-Gert Pottering, also reiterated that unanimity was still necessary within the EU for any modification of taxation laws.

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