Macron’s proposals on internet giants are not in Malta’s interests – Sant

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Macron's proposals on internet giants are not in Malta's interests - SantMaltese MEP Alfred Sant told FRANCE 24 that, “the French President’s proposals on internet giants operating in Europe are not in Malta’s interests.”

Sant added that, “his proposals will lead to a harmonised tax system across Europe,” when asked by journalist Catherine Nicholson whether Macron’s ideas can cause problems to the small EU countries where ‘undertaxed digital companies’ are based.

The Maltese MEP emphasised that he disagreed with Mr Macron’s solutions – “including the common tax proposal – because this is just a foot in the door to create tax harmonisation in Europe. This reduces the flexibility of the smaller and peripheral EU countries in attracting inbound investments.”

Dr Sant pointed out that “the French Government wants internet giants operating in Europe to pay tax where value is created – a turnover tax.” The Maltese MEP said there should be transparency on tax collection right across the board.

He said that, “it should be done first on a national basis and eventually on a European basis. There are tools that already exist on a national level to move forward. Each national state can publish the names of all the companies and their contribution by way of tax.”

“Through an internal audit trade on VAT one can see the turnover of different companies. The value added to the economy is traceable on the basis of profits,” said Dr Sant.

The MEP also pointed out that even the US has a leeway for tax competition and no state is obliged to follow rules that other states have to follow.

MEP Alain Lamassoure (EPP) and MEP Marju Lauristin (S&D) also took part in the discussion.

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