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Parliamentary questions
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7 January 2020
E-000068/2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Mathilde Androuët
 Subject: Protecting European business and fair taxation for the GAFAMs

In July 2019, France introduced a digital services tax. This tax, which targets digital giants such as Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft – hence its nickname: the ‘GAFAM tax’ – applies to companies with a turnover of EUR 750 million worldwide and more than EUR 25 million in France in digital business. In response, the USA has proposed imposing tariffs of 100% on USD 2.4 billion-worth of French exports, including luxury goods and wine, after a US investigation had concluded that the digital tax discriminated against US companies such as Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon.

Given the USA’s threats against France and its willingness to wage a trade war against any country that stands in the way of the financial growth of its companies, what avenues does the Commission see for protecting Europe by ensuring tax justice in digital services, a field currently dominated by the GAFAMs?

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