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Wednesday, 14 September 2016 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

14. Apple state-aid decision (debate)
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  David Campbell Bannerman (ECR ). – Madam President, the Commission’s Apple state-aid EUR 13 billion decision is a brazen attempt to usurp the primacy of nation state tax policy and is legally questionable. EU Member States have been rightly reluctant to cede autonomy over setting tax rates. It is, after all, a crucial mechanism for responding to their respective economic needs and for nations to be competitive globally. Commissioner Vestager has responded outrageously to this sovereign issue by attempting to use state aid measures to harmonise corporation taxes and to direct their collection. This is another EU power grab. It is a tax trespass, and tax breaks are not state aid.

Tax reform can only be achieved through international consensus by sovereign nation governments. Yes, global corporations must pay more in tax and fair taxes, but action must be taken at the G20 or OEC level, not by the EU. I stand with the sovereign Irish Government in challenging this decision.

(The speaker agreed to take a blue-card question under Rule 162(8))

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