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Press Releases

31.01.2006

Poland rejects proposal for VAT Directive. Austrian Presidency endeavouring to find a solution.

Austrian Presidency disappointed by Poland's decision

 

The compromise proposal on the VAT Directive tabled by Finance Minister Grasser on 24 January 2006 in his capacity as President of ECOFIN concerning reduced VAT rates for labour-intensive services was accepted at the weekend by the Czech Republic and Cyprus, following intensive talks between the Commission, the Presidency and the three countries that were against the proposal.

The Austrian Presidency had given Poland an extension of the deadline for its decision in the light of the tragedy at Kattowice on Saturday.

Yesterday evening Poland informed the Presidency that it did not accept the compromise proposal. ECOFIN President Grasser is disappointed at Poland’s approach to this serious issue, as the other 24 countries have all accepted the proposal.

There is also some concern and irritation, given that the proposal does not have any adverse effects on Poland but, on the contrary, would open up additional opportunities, inlcuding for several other countries. There is now a risk for 9 countries with over 200 million people that VAT will be increased in a number of labour-intensive sectors. The Austrian Presidency considers such an outcome to be unacceptable for Europe.

Together with the European Commission, the Austrian Presidency will discuss the existing, carefully coordinated proposal again with Poland, in order to arrive at a common understanding on the interpretation of the text. This will give Poland the possibility to agree after all to the proposal that has already been accepted by all the other Member States, in the interests of European solidarity. The Presidency wishes to reiterate that all Member States stand to benefit from this proposal, and that no country need fear any negative impact.

 

Contact:

Federal Ministry of Finance
Manfred Lepuschitz
Press officer
Tel.: 0043/1/514 33-1188
mailto: manfred.lepuschitz@bmf.gv.at
http://www.bmf.gv.at

 

 

Date: 01.02.2006