DURING a visit to Bratislava, the president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, praised Slovakia for its tax reform, and said that the country is a "success story of the EU".
When talk turned to unifying taxes within the EU, Barroso said that the EU would "have to make large investments in new member states through cohesion funds” if the EU decided to unify taxes across the board.
New member states strongly oppose tax unification because it would take away their competitive advantage against firmly developed, old EU states. Low tax rates are directly responsible for attracting foreign investment.
Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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15. Oct 2004 at 12:53