EC publishes roadmap for future EU tax policy

Released 7 January 2019

The European Commission (EC) has published a roadmap, to be followed shortly with a communication setting out proposals for streamlining the process for making future EU tax policies.

Currently, every single EU country must agree before a new EU wide tax policy is adopted. In addition, before the EU Council of Ministers can make a unanimous decision, there has to be consultation with the European Parliament. The forthcoming proposal will explore how EU decision-making on certain tax issues could be streamlined by removing the need for unanimous agreement by all countries.

These matters would instead be decided by a weighted system (‘qualified majority voting’) where measures can be carried if supported by a minimum number of EU countries, representing a minimum share of the EU population.

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