European Institutions

  • European Businesses Criticize Proposed Digital Tax

    November 07, 2018

    The Washington Post reports that European digital business owners are criticizing an EU proposal seeking to impose a digital services tax on the profits offshore companies generate from European users, arguing the proposal would have a “disproportionate impact on European companies” and could result in double taxation.

  • EC Considers Majority Voting for EU Tax Policy

    October 31, 2018

    EUobserver reports that the European Commission (EC) has included in its 2019 work program the consideration of areas in which the EU could move away from the requirement of unanimous approval of tax rules in favor of “more efficient lawmaking” on supranational tax policies.

  • ECJ Orders Poland to Reinstate Supreme Court Judges

    October 24, 2018

    The Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) has determined that Polish legislation lowering the retirement age of judges on the country’s Supreme Court violates EU law and has ordered the Polish government to reinstate judges who have been removed from the Court as a result of the change.

  • EU Official Fears “Violent Reaction” to Acceptance of Italian Budget

    October 17, 2018

    Politico reports that European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned in a recent interview that EU officials could reject the proposed budget of Italy, which violates the deficit limit imposed under eurozone rules, because acceptance of the budget might provoke a “violent reaction” in other eurozone countries.

  • EU Budget Suggests Rising Brexit "Divorce" Bill

    October 10, 2018

    Citing rising EU spending plans and pension costs over the last year and the acknowledgment by EU auditors that annual budget fees for members are “moveable,” an article in The Guardian raises the likelihood that the Brexit “divorce” bill agreed by the EU and UK will escalate in the coming years.

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