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GOVT SPOX: GLOBAL MINIMUM TAX SPELLS COMPETITIVE DISADVANTAGE FOR EUROPE

 

The European Union’s planned global minimum tax for large corporations would bring a competitive disadvantage to Europe, as nowhere else has such a measure been introduced as mandatory regulation with an abrupt starting date, the state secretary for international communication and relations told French journalists late on Tuesday.
Zoltán Kovács briefed the French press on the Hungarian government and parliament’s rejection of the planned European Union directive to levy a global minimum tax against multinational companies. He also talked about Ukraine’s EU candidacy and energy policy issues, the main topics of the EU summit starting on Thursday. Speaking to MTI after the meeting, Kovács said that the planned tax would in effect double the burdens of commodity-producing companies operating in Hungary, compared with the current 9% corporate tax rate. Drawing those companies to the country was key to creating 1 million jobs in the past years while keeping taxes law and simultaneously “expanding the budgetary room for manoeuvre”. The directive would risk jobs in Hungary and bring about a competitive disadvantage, and so it is contrary to national interests, he said.