FILE PHOTO: EU Economic Affairs Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni holds a joint press conference with European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis on Recovery and Resilience at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium May 28, 2020. Aris Oikonomou/Pool via REUTERS
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is ready to go it alone with taxing digital services of firms like Google, Amazon, Facebook or Apple if there is no global deal on such a tax this year, European Economic Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said on Thursday.
He was responding to the decision by the United States to pull out of negotiations on a global solution to taxing digital services on Wednesday.
â€œI very much regret the U.S.â€™ move to put the brakes on international talks on taxation of the digital economy. I hope that this will be a temporary setback rather than a definitive stop,â€ Gentiloni said.
â€œThe European Commission wants a global solution to bring corporate taxation into the 21st century â€“ and we believe the OECDâ€™s two-pillar approach is the right one,â€ he said.
â€œBut if that proves impossible this year, we have been clear that we will come forward with a new proposal at EU level<â€™ he said.
Reporting by Jan Strupczewski