Digital commerce sector applauds Commission for prioritising global tax reform

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Ecommerce Europe applauds the European Commission for its wise decision to prioritise the global tax reform and postpone the publication of its digital levy proposal to October. The delay follows the G20 meeting in Italy on 9 and 10 July, during which the Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors endorsed the OECD agreement on the international tax reform. Ecommerce Europe has always supported the OECD process and we strongly welcome the recent endorsement by the G20.

We are very pleased that the Commission positively responded to concerns raised by Ecommerce Europe and many other representatives of the business community. We agree with the Commission that successfully concluding the global process will require a strong effort from all parties involved. Putting the EU digital levy plans on hold was a fundamental step to avoid jeopardising the global process.

It is now crucial that EU Member States ensure a swift and coordinated implementation of the OECD’s two-pillar deal at EU level. This includes the Commission’s and EU countries’ commitment to uniformly implement the global tax reform, remove existing national digital services taxes and pause discussions on potential new plans.

For more information on Ecommerce Europe’s position on the EU digital levy, please find our position paper here.

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