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Irish government must reject Commission’s tax power-grab plan – Carthy

13 September, 2017 - by Matt Carthy MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has called on the Irish government to speak out against the European Commission’s plans for grabbing even more economic powers from EU Member States following Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s State of the Union address this morning.

Mr Carthy, a member of the European Economic and Monetary Affairs, said:

“Today Jean-Claude Juncker stated openly that the Commission wants to end the principle of Council unanimity when it comes to internal market matters including taxation by September 2018; he specifically said he wanted the planned CCCTB (Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base) and several other taxation matters to be dealt with by qualified majority voting instead of by unanimous adoption by Member States in the Council by this time next year.

“I am in favour of EU and international cooperation to tackle tax avoidance across borders, but this call to transfer further fiscal powers away from the Irish government and to the Commission should be an absolute red-line issue for the government. The government needs to make a strong response to this proposal, and robustly defend the principle of unanimous voting in the Council when it comes to taxation measures.” 

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