the Idea of a omsättningskatt for giants as Facebook and Google have supported and soaked for a long time in the EU. And even if the plans now boiled down to just be about advertising-there is no consensus.
Sweden has been one of the most stubborn opponents to the plan – and has not changed.
"My assessment is that it will not reach an agreement today," says minister of finance Magdalena Andersson (S) on the way into today's meeting in Brussels.
she clarifies that it is about principles.
– this proposal changes the idea of where value is created. There are good reasons we should tax the internet where products are created and not where they are consumed. What would happen to investment if we started taxing turnover instead? ask Andersson intercepted at the meeting.
at the same time reiterate she is also Sweden's line that it is better to be dealt with globally, in the OECD, where the same discussion is ongoing in parallel.
are, among others, Denmark, Luxembourg and Ireland cope with opponents to the proposal.
On the meeting agenda today is also a reinforcement of the EU's black list of countries not considered as cooperating in matters of tax evasion and tax avoidance.
Among other ports of the United arab emirates and the caribbean Bermuda and Aruba is now on the list, which thus expanded from five to 15. An additional 34 countries will remain at the EU ”gray list” of countries that risk to be blacklisted.
”We raise the bar for good skattestyrning globally and reduces the opportunities for skattemissbruk”, says the EU's finanskommissionär Pierre Moscovici in a statement.