- Martin CALLANAN (ECR, UK)
- Philippe LAMBERTS (Greens/EFA, BE)
Lieu: European Parliament
End production: 22/05/2013 First transmission: 22/05/2013
Martin CALLANAN (ECR,UK) and Philippe LAMBERTS (Greens/EFA, BE) react to the conclusions of the EU Council of May 22nd as regards the fight against fraud and tax evasion.
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||cutaways Philippe LAMBERTS (Greens/EFA, BE) (2 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (French) Philippe LAMBERTS (Greens/EFA, BE), " I could answer you, no conclusions at all. I read them again and again, I don't find anything but an acknowledgment by the Council of the European Commission's proposals. Therefore we can pay tribute to the EC for its willingness to act against fiscal fraud and for an harmonization of consolidate corporate tax, for the automatic exchange of information between fiscal administrations. There is political will on that. I would at least have expected from the Council an endorsement of these measures as well as ownership of these measures by the Council."
||SOUNDBITE (French) Philippe LAMBERTS (Greens/EFA, BE), "What would have been a real political event is if the Council would have decided today to put an end to the blockage on the matter, and at least to put an end to the Austrian and Luxembourg's resistance. Even this on a symbolic level could not happened today..."
||SOUNDBITE (French) Philippe LAMBERTS (Greens/EFA, BE), "I really think that this Summit is just a communication exercise.A Communication exercise which costs money, it does increase the European PIB for the unjustified reasons and I believe that the risk we are facing with such a communication exercise is to get the reverse result, that means that today people are more and more angry when it comes to what is a fiscal injustice ., both on corporate and private tax, It is the little ones who pay and the big ones who escape. this feeling of injustice is rising and therefore pressure rises too and the only answer of heads of state and government is only a communication exercise. the anger will certainly rise even more and anger is not the best ally here. It would have been convenient to have at least on one or two symbolic matters, such as consolidated corporate tax, a matter that is been blocked for three years now or on the automatic exchange of information on tax on savings, a conclusion today by the Council and on that no sign at all."
||SOUNDBITE by Martin CALLANAN (ECR, UK), "I don't agree with the Parliament line. The Parliament of course are talking about a common consolidated corporate tax base and that looks suspiciously like tax harmonization to us.I don't believe that European taxes will be harmonized downwards they will always be harmonized upwards so I think it should remain a matter of national competence, however on a European and indeed on a world wide basis, we need to have proper transparency, information exchange between the different tax regimes and different countries to ensure that people are not squirreling money away in places they should not be so there's need to be cooperation , information exchange, there's a need for transparency to tackle the problem on a world wide basis as well as a European basis."