Ministers call on EU to review taxation of Internet giants
European Union – Economic and fiscal policy/GAFA – Reply by M. Mounir Mahjoubi, Minister of State for the Digital Sector, to a question to the government in the Senate
Paris, 26 October 2017
Question on taxation of Internet giants
Yes, the platforms are bringing about an economic transformation. How can our innovators – start-ups, SMEs – play on an equal footing with the major groups?
First of all we have to review taxation. That’s a strong demand from the public, who are sensitive to the inequality on this issue. Together with Bruno Le Maire, I’ve proposed to our partners to move faster than the European timetable by establishing an equalization tax, which would take effect within 24 months. Nineteen countries support us; at the Telecoms Council, the others also said they were ready to move forward.
Another point: transparency and loyalty. Together with Bruno Le Maire, I signed the decrees for the Digital Republic Act, which will oblige the GAFA [Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon] to publish their results.
Our whole way of thinking must change./.