German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder
and his conservative opponent Edmund Stoiber have blasted new EU member states
for policies of tax-dumping and unfair tax competition.
Och i Berlin har förbundskansler Gerhard Schröder kritiserat de låga bolagsskatterna i Östeuropa. Men de nya EU-länderna sväljer inte kritiken.
- Om de tror att vi ska ta ut höga skatter i Sverige, Finland och Danmark och skicka pengar till Östeuropa för att där ska finnas en överklass som inte betalar skatt så är det inte hållbart, sade Persson till Hufvudstadsbladet. Som exempel nämnde han Estland och "kanske Polen".
- Vi måste tala öppet om det. Annars får vi spänningar, sade han.
The European taxpayer organization rejects
the proposal to introduce an own EU Tax to finance the European Union
In the course of planning the EU Finances for the years 2007 until 2013 EU Commission is trying to palm off an own EU tax on EU-taxpayers under the guise of transparency and revenue neutrality. Each European Union tax will be, in contrast to all political promises, an additional one, states TAEs president Rolf von Hohenhau.
No to Eurotax
The idea of citizens paying an individual tax to EU headquarters in Brussels is being championed by Belgium, current holder of the EU presidency.
Backed by the European Commission, supporters believes the tax would help combat popular scepticism about Europe by creating a stronger link between the EU's institutions and its citizens.
But the idea has divided member states. During a televised debate, the British, Irish, Swedish and Dutch ministers all rejected and even ridiculed the idea.
The Dutch Minister, Gerrit Zalm, said that the last time such a tax had been introduced in the Netherlands, it had sparked the eighty years war against Spain in the sixteenth century.
His Irish Colleague, Charlie McCreevy, said it was a tax dispute which had also triggered the American war of independence.