Following the recent establishment by the European Parliament of a Special Committee on Tax, Senator Marc MacSharry has expressed concern at the absence of any Irish representation.

Senator MacSharry commented, “Given the crucial importance of our taxation policy it is of concern that a European Parliament Committee charged with specific responsibility for Tax in the EU does not include any Irish representation. The Government must intervene with EP President Martin Schulz and insist that Ireland have representation on this important committee.”

The new tax committee will have a very significant mandate which includes:

• Examine Tax Ruling Practices From 1991 to date and beyond
• Review How the European Commission Treats State Aid in Member States
• Review the extent to which member states are transparent about their tax rulings
• Ascertain the Negative Impact of aggressive tax planning on public finances, in order to come up with recommendations for the future

“The focus of this committee has a potentially huge bearing on Ireland. As a small open economy it is vitally important that Ireland have MEP’s on this committee. Our interest’s must be adequately represented and protected. With 45 members in total there is clearly scope to include Irish MEP’s.”

“An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, must contact President Schulz and insist on Irish participation as full members. An alternate or subordinate role is not acceptable when it comes to taxation policy. Ireland’s Tax policy often misrepresented by others in Europe and beyond is of crucial importance to the integrity and success of our fiscal and economic policy. Our exclusion is not in the National interest” said Senator MacSharry.