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Parliamentary questions
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26 September 2019
Question for written answer E-003011-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Lídia Pereira (PPE) , José Manuel Fernandes (PPE)

 Subject:  Fair taxation of big tech firms
 Answer in writing 

In recent years, some tech companies have been fined for breaking EU rules on the protection of competition, consumers or user data. Google has been subject to countless proceedings that have culminated in substantial fines for violating laws in those fields.

It recently agreed with the French Public Prosecutor’s Office that it would pay EUR 500 million to settle a tax evasion dispute, on top of a further EUR 465 million in back taxes to the French tax authorities.

By centralising its sales and services in Dublin, Ireland, and through legitimate interpretations of tax law, it has reduced its tax burden and made it impossible for the Member States in which it operates to tax its commercial activities which de facto take place in their country. It is not the only company to employ such practices.

Will the Commission urgently seek to harmonise taxation frameworks to prevent such situations and oblige big tech firms (and others) to pay their taxes in the countries in which they de facto operate?


(1)Question supported by Members other than the authors: Paulo Rangel (PPE), Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar (PPE).

Original language of question: PT 
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