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Prodi tax proposals must be rejected

18 September, 2003


Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has described as "totally unacceptable" the latest proposal from European Commission President Romano Prodi for the abolition of the national veto on taxation matters.

Deputy Ó Caoláin also said it was "a vindication of anti-Nice Treaty campaigners" that the Commission was now proposing the retention of the right of every member-state to nominate a commissioner with full voting rights.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

"During the first and second referendums on the Nice Treaty, Commission President Prodi and pro-Nice parties in Ireland strongly defended the proposals to remove the right of every member state to nominate a voting member of the Commission. Now the Commission has done a u-turn and has effectively vindicated the argument of anti-Nice Treaty campaigners that this aspect of Nice made the EU less democratic and representative.

"The Commission President's proposals to remove the unanimity requirement on taxation issues should be rejected. The Irish government must oppose this strongly. Once qualified majority voting is allowed on any taxation issue it will only be a matter of time before it is extended and one of the last pillars of national sovereignty - the tax policy-making powers of democratic governments - will be eroded. Sinn Féin regards this as totally unacceptable and the Irish government must defend sovereignty on taxation matters in the EU Constitution negotiations and during its EU presidency." ENDS

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