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Parliamentary questions
21 January 2014
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Corien Wortmann-Kool (PPE)

 Subject:  Publication of the results of the questionnaire on financing port infrastructure and corporation tax for European seaports

The European Commission wishes to abolish the general exemption from corporation tax for Dutch public sector companies, including the port authorities. In view of the effect this will have on the competitive position of the Dutch seaports in comparison with the European seaports, on 6 May last year I asked the European Commission to initiate a study into the competitive position of European seaports on the basis of financial tax policy measures. In a response of 16 June 2013, the European Commission announced that it would be sending a questionnaire to the Member States before August of that year to collect information on the financing of port infrastructure and the corporation tax for ports. So far, the answers to the questionnaire and the conclusions that the European Commission has drawn from these answers have not yet been published.

The European Commission announced that it will not issue criteria for ports and airports to receive state support until 2015, while the plans for abolishing the general exemption for Dutch port authorities are simply going ahead. If there is not more clarity soon about the differences between the European seaports, there is a risk that the Dutch seaports will be placed at an unnecessary disadvantage.

1. Are the results and findings of the questionnaire sent to the Member States now known? If so, can these results be published?

2. When does the Commission plan to issue a report on the results of the questionnaire?

3. Do the results of the questionnaire sent to the Member States confirm a (substantial) difference between the EU ports in terms of financing port infrastructure, especially in terms of the financial involvement and support provided by the Member States to their ports?

4. Do the results of the questionnaire sent to the Member States confirm a (substantial) difference between the EU ports in terms of the obligation to pay corporation tax?

Original language of question: NLOJ C 294, 02/09/2014
Last updated: 12 February 2014Legal notice