The Malta Independent 19 October 2019, Saturday

Weber’s proposal calling for end to unanimity in EU council on tax issues blessed by PN MEPs – Sant

Saturday, 18 May 2019, 09:48 Last update: about 6 months ago

PN MEPs had already voted in favour of Manfred Weber’s proposal calling for an end to unanimity in the Council of the EU on taxation matters, former Prime Minister Alfred Sant said when addressing a political activity in Mosta.

This proposal jeopardises the employment of more than 20,000 working in the financial and igaming sectors in Malta. Casa, Metsola and Zammit Dimech have already blessed Weber’s call for the dismantling of unanimity policy on taxation among EU member states, Sant said.

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Weber reiterated this call three days ago during a debate on the new leadership of the European Commission, Sant added.

“It’s useless for the PN MEPs to unleash personal attacks against me. They just have to check the European Parliament’s records on the way they supported Weber’s position on Wednesday 13 December 2017. They can never deny the way they voted on that day.”

Alfred Sant said that if he wins the support of the electorate in the forthcoming European elections he will further defend Malta and Gozo’s interests in the European Parliament.

 “I will never accept that Malta accepts imposed decisions upon its taxation sovereigntu. I am more determined than before that if the new PN MEPs pursue their anti-Malta campaign at the European Parliament i will fight them with the biblical phrase ‘eye for eye and tooth for tooth.”

Alfred Sant emphasised that in the next five years all elected Maltese MEPs must echo one voice in Europe. The Maltese electorate must send a message that its representatives at the European Parliament must defend the interests of Malta and Gozo, first and foremost.

The three Nationalist MEPs rejected Sant's claims, saying that they have consistently voted against any attempt to water down unanimity on taxation matters just as they have always voted against any attempt to promote tax harmonisation. It is only the Socialists who have made tax harmonisation in the EU the central theme of their election campaign, they said. 

 

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