The European Commission has today opened a state aid probe into the tax affairs of furniture giant Ikea with the Netherlands. This new case shows Europe still has to put its own house in order when it comes to ending tax havens within the EU.
The European Commission has shown yet again how EU governments grant unfair tax schemes to powerful multinationals, Oxfam said reacting to the opeing of a new investigation into a UK tax scheme that exempts multinational companies from an important anti-tax avoidance measure.
When EU Commissioner Christos Stylianides travels to Belgrade this weekend, he must urge the Serbian government to do more to help people in urgent need of support.
New rules adopted today by the Commission to limit food and commodity price speculation will prove ineffective in ending a gambling which puts the lives of millions of people in the developing world at high risk.
The European Commission has today presented a good proposal for a new framework for the EU’s development policy. The EU institutions and member states must now make sure they translate these fine words into concrete action, says Oxfam.
The European Union must overhaul its current bioenergy policy, which is based on getting fuel from plants, because the industry is linked to the eviction of thousands of people from their lands, out-competing food crops, and creating more not less pollution, says Oxfam in a new report.
Today the European Commission released its fourth package to combat tax evasion and tax avoidance. This corporate tax reform package notably includes a proposal to harmonize the tax base among EU 28 member states. Oxfam supports the ongoing efforts of the European Commission to reopen discussions on tax base harmonization and to push ahead in the fight against tax avoidance.
It is a good sign that the European Commission pursues its efforts to put an end to damaging tax deals despite the criticism it faced following the Apple ruling, Oxfam says in reaction to a new state aid investigation into French energy company Engie.
Oxfam, together with a coalition of development NGOs, calls on European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker to make Europe become a leader on the global agenda for development and the fight against poverty.
The European Commission has missed yet another chance to effectively end tax havens. Today’s tax transparency proposal is not sufficiently ambitious and too limited in its scope for that task.