Ireland’s Donohoe in Brussels for Tax Talks as Pressure Mounts
Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe is traveling to Brussels to discuss “tax issues” as pressure mounts to reach a deal on a global minimum rate for companies.
Donohoe will meet with European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager on Monday before chairing a meeting of the finance ministers of the euro area in Luxembourg, the Irish Finance Ministry said in a statement.
The discussions come at the start of a week Donohoe has said will be a “critical moment” in negotiations over a proposed minimum corporate tax rate of at least 15%, ahead of an OECD meeting on Friday. Ireland, which didn’t sign on to a July proposal, is worried the final number could end up significantly higher than its 12.5% rate and Donohoe has reiterated concern about the “at least” language.
“If certainty and stability can be brought to bear I believe we’ll make the case for Ireland entering the agreement, if not we’ll stay where we are,” Donohoe told state broadcaster RTE last week.
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