EU’s Moscovici says ‘not in Ireland’s interest’ to resist digital tax

Economic and financial affairs commissioner says citizens expect tech giants to pay fair share of tax

The European commissioner for economic and monetary affairs, Pierre Moscovici on Friday: “The Irish problems can be addressed,” the commissioner said. Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

The European commissioner for economic and monetary affairs, Pierre Moscovici on Friday: “The Irish problems can be addressed,” the commissioner said. Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

Europe’s economic and financial affairs commissioner Pierre Moscovici is poised to pile pressure on Ireland to submit to European tax harmonisation, as he unveils detailed plans next months for the taxation of digital giants, buoyed by a resurgent Franco-German axis.

Speaking to journalists in Athens on Friday, Mr Moscovici said German chancellor Angela Merkel’s deal this week to establish a new government would provide an opportunity for Berlin to join forces with French president Emmanuel Macron and European officials in Brussels to press ahead with further EU integration.

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