Communication ‘Towards a more efficient and democratic decision making in EU tax policy’

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Series Details COM (2019) 8
Publication Date 15/01/2019
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The European Commission adopted on 15 January 2019 a Communication on how to move gradually from unanimity voting to the ordinary legislative procedure in matters relating to taxation in the European Union.

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The Communication aims to launch the debate on reforming decision-making for areas of EU taxation policy. It suggests a roadmap for a transition to qualified majority voting (QMV) under the ordinary legislative procedure in certain areas of shared EU taxation policy, as is already the case with most other EU policy areas.

The Commission argues that the need for a special legislative procedure - by which the European Parliament is consulted only and the Council of the European Union is the sole legislator adopting proposals and by unanimity - makes it particularly difficult to achieve progress and limits the potential of EU taxation policy to support a well-functioning EU internal market. The Communication suggests the use of the ordinary legislative procedure in some matters relating to taxation, which features the need for a qualified majority only in the Council.

Source Link https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=COM:2019:8:FIN
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  • https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/sites/taxation/files/15_01_2019_communication_towards_a_more_efficient_democratic_decision_making_eu_tax_policy_en.pdf
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Politico, 13.01.19: Brussels’ bid to kill tax veto faces uphill battle https://www.politico.eu/article/brussels-bid-to-kill-tax-veto-faces-uphill-battle/
Bloomberg, 14.01.19: The EU Faces Its Make-or-Break Moment on Taxes https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-01-14/eu-to-decide-whether-to-rein-in-member-states-autonomy-on-taxes
Euronews, 15.01.19: EU plans to end individual states' veto power on taxes https://www.euronews.com/2019/01/15/eu-plans-to-end-individual-states-veto-power-on-taxes
The Independent, 15.01.19: EU announces plan to scrap member state veto on tax policy https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/eu-tax-policy-veto-scrap-european-commission-brexit-ireland-a8729396.html
France24, 15.01.19: EU wants end to member state veto on tax https://www.france24.com/en/20190115-eu-wants-end-member-state-veto-tax-0
Reuters, 15.01.19: EU Commission pushes back plan to end veto on digital tax to 2025 https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKCN1P91QZ
EurActiv, 16.01.19: EU wants end to member state veto on tax https://www.euractiv.com/section/economy-jobs/news/eu-wants-end-to-member-state-veto-on-tax/

Official
European Commission: Taxation and Customs Union: Decision making on EU Tax Policy https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/taxation/decision-making-eu-tax-policy_en
European Commission: Press Release, 15.01.19: Commission launches debate on a gradual transition to more efficient and democratic decision-making in EU tax policy http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-19-225_en.htm
European Commission: Fact Sheet, 15.01.19: A gradual transition to more efficient and democratic decision-making in EU tax policy - Questions and Answers http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-19-224_en.htm
European Commission: Remarques par le commissaire Moscovici sur une prise de décision plus efficace et démocratique en matière de politique fiscale de l'UE http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-19-430_fr.htm

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