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Parliamentary questions
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7 November 2019
Answer given by Mr Moscovici on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002832/2019

Currently, the Commission is fully engaged with the work within the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) framework that aims to find a global solution by 2020.

Intense discussions on the reform of the international corporate tax system are underway at international level (OECD, G20) to ensure that multinational companies, including digital companies, are fairly taxed and to tackle excessive tax competition. If this is successful, it will be for the next Commission, once it takes office, to decide how to implement this global solution into the EU.

According to the Treaty rules, the Commission can propose legislative measures, including on taxation, for the benefit of the internal market to be adopted by the Council by unanimity. The Commission will continue to strive to reach a consensus on this matter.

At the same time, the Commission has also suggested in its 2019 Communication on a more efficient and democratic decision-making in EU tax policy(1) the need to move towards full co-decision power for the European Parliament and away from unanimity for taxation policies, including the reform of the corporate taxation system, by making use of the clauses available in the Treaties.

Commission President-elect von der Leyen also referred to such possibility in her political guidelines(2).

The current Commission is not in a position to answer questions going beyond the current state of play. Concerning the future mandate of its successor the Commission invites the Honourable Member to address the question to the next Commission once it takes office.

(1)Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the European Council and the Council ‘Towards a more efficient and democratic decision making in EU tax policy’, 15.1.2019, COM(2019) 8 final.

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