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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base - Common Corporate Tax Base (debate)

  Petr Ježek (ALDE). – Madam President, if there is a strong political will in this House to achieve fairer taxation, it makes sense to deal with both CCTB and the consolidation file together. It is high time to deliver. According to a Financial Times analysis, big multinational companies are paying significantly less tax than before the 2008 financial crisis, with companies’ effective tax rates falling by 9% since then.

These proposals are the remaining missing pieces for the EU to fight tax avoidance. They will further strengthen our internal market and improve our tax system, which the TAXE and PANA committees have proved is necessary to counter aggressive tax planning and tax avoidance.

Taxation should take place where the value is created. Too often this natural principle is not respected. Parliament’s position also addresses a specific loophole in our taxation system: the digital dimension. Again, we used a very simple principle. Digital businesses in the EU without a physical establishment have to be treated in the same way as businesses having one in the EU.

It is up to the Member States to find an agreement which responds to the need to keep up with rapid globalisation development. I therefore call on the Member States to join us in this renewed initiative to create a fairer tax environment for the benefit of fairer competition and, above all, the citizens.

Last updated: 16 July 2018Legal notice