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Parliamentary questions
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16 January 2019
Question for written answer E-000195-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Sophie Montel (NI)

 Subject:  Need to tax ‘GAFA’
 Answer in writing 

Whereas the United Kingdom, soon to be rid of the EU, intends to exercise its sovereignty and, from 2020 on, tax the multinationals known as ‘GAFA’ for what they are worth, the EU has proved incapable, after more than three years of dithering, of introducing taxation along those lines.

Germany, Ireland, and Sweden have expressed reservations about that kind of tax, which the Commission has half-heartedly been advocating. Germany clearly has little desire to move in that direction, given the close business links which its motor industry has established with the US. The EU thus appears to be an obstacle to progress when it comes to tax.

Does not the Commission think it high time to let Member States pursue their tax policies as they see fit?

Original language of question: FR 
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