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Poland blocks the adoption of the tax on multinationals at the European level – RT in French

During the European Economic and Financial Affairs Council held on 5th April, Poland blocked an agreement allowing the introduction of a minimum tax on multinationals. An incomprehensible blockage according to Bruno Le Maire.

Poland was the only EU country to block the adoption of the global agreement on the minimum tax for multinationals at the Council for Economic and Financial Affairs (Ecofin) on April 5, the agency reported. ANSA press.

Polish Finance Minister Magdalena Rzeczkowska said that, despite the amendments, Warsaw was concerned about the timetable for the adoption of the two pillars of the reform. The compromise “is not a legally binding solution to ensure that the first and the second pillar enter into force at the same time”, she underlined.

The Vice-President of the European Commission, Valdis Dombrovskis, hopes that an agreement can be found at the next Ecofin, on May 24.

The reasons given by Warsaw for blocking the agreement are “a mystery”, said French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire, who heads the rotating EU presidency, saying he was “absolutely not convinced” of the position from Warsaw. “All technical difficulties have been resolved,” assured the minister, recalling the work of Paris to respond to comments raised in recent months and weeks by several countries such as Ireland, Estonia, Sweden and Malta. “I hope the Irish spirit will inspire” those who still oppose it like Warsaw, he added.

It must be said that relations between Poland and the EU are strained. The country has engaged in a standoff with the European Union since the Commission, confirmed by the CJEU, refused to pay an aid fund to Warsaw on the pretext that the rule of law would not be respected by Poland.


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