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Parliamentary questions
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21 November 2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Dimitrios Papadimoulis
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: EU and digital economy taxation

The possibility of adopting a unified approach to digital economy taxation in the OECD countries in 2020 once again came to the fore during the hearings of the new Commissioners. Should this prove unfeasible, a number of Commissioners would be in favour of seeking agreement at European level.

However, certain Member States (Ireland, Denmark, Sweden and Finland) are unhappy at the idea, despite the fact that a European digital economy taxation agreement would generate billions of euros for the EU economy. At the same time, equally large amounts are currently being lost to tax havens inside and outside the EU.

In view of this:

What will be the basic principles of the proposal to be placed before the Member States in the event of failure to reach agreement on an international approach to digital economy taxation in 2020?

How will the Commission address the reactions of the international community to European digital taxation, bearing in mind the US response to the unilateral decision by France to impose a 3 % on the companies concerned?

What have been the findings of Commission investigations launched in response to allegations by a number of organisations (e.g. Oxfam) that certain Member States are in fact ‘tax havens’? (1)

(1) Commissioner Moscovici also referred to these investigations in response to my question http://www.europarl.europa.eu/greece/el/
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